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Honokohau Falls

Honokohau Falls from the air, Hawaii
Honokohau Falls from the air / Forest and Kim Starr, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  In short

Honokohau Falls most likely are tallest falls in Maui. This fantastic waterfall has been filmed for "Jurassic park" in order to create a feeling of otherworldly, exotic beauty.

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GPS coordinates
20.9063 N 156.5836 W
Location, address
Oceania, United States, Hawaii, Maui, western part of island, to the north from the summit of Puu Kukui
Alternate names
Honokōhau Falls, Honokahau Falls, "Jurassic Falls"
341 m? (487 m?)

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WorldYellow In detail

Honokohau Falls is named after Honokohau stream – a comparatively long river which starts near the summit of Puu Kukui and after some 2 km reaches the abyss. Frequent rains (summit of Puu Kukui gets more than 9,000 mm of rain per year – one of the highest rainfalls in the world) help to form a small river, which here, along the layers of Wailuku basalt formation falls into the amphitheater-shaped valley. After the falls Honokohau stream continues to flow through giant, up to 700 m deep canyons and reaches the ocean after 14 km.

Waterfall has two steps. The upper step is higher, water falls into a small pool and after a short distance fall continues.

Often it is mentioned that the height of falls is 341 m, but there are sources that mention a height of 487 m.

Waterfall is very hard to access by feet – but there are organized helicopter tours to this beautiful landmark. If clouds cover the summit of mountains, the sight is unusual. It seems that a waterfall emerges from the cloud and falls down along the emerald green mountain slope.

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