There are many very tall waterfalls in Hawaii – up to 900 m tall! But not always the beauty is in superlative numbers – the "mere" 26 m tall Wailua Falls are among the most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii.

Wailua River

This waterfall has formed on the southern fork of Wailua River some 4 – 5 kilometers before its confluence with the northern fork of the river. Wailua River is the only navigable river in Hawaii – but this wide part of the river starts several kilometers below the falls. At the falls Wailua is a fairly small stream but nevertheless, it is flowing throughout the year.


Wailua Falls, Hawaii
Wailua Falls / KendanX, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Wailua Falls have a single drop – a plunge through open air. Water falls into some 10 m deep and large plunge pool – in earlier times local Hawaiian men jumped from the falls into the pool to prove their manhood.

At high water there is a single stream falling over the ledge but at low water it divides into two and even three smaller streams.

Nowadays some also are jumping from the falls although it is forbidden. Unfortunately there have been reported deaths due to these jumps.

This waterfall belongs to the most accessbile falls in Hawaii and is appreciated by thousands of tourists.

Wailua Falls are included in the following list:

Map of top 10 waterfalls of Hawaiian Islands
Top 10 waterfalls of Hawaiian Islands


  1. Wailua Falls. World Waterfall Database. Accessed on September 8, 2016
Wailua Falls on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 22.0345 N 159.3786 W
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 3.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located? Oceania, United States, Hawaii, eastern part of Kaua’i, in Wailua River State Park, north from Lihue
Alternate name: Waiehu
Height: 26 m
Width: 10 – 15 m
Drops: 1 (for most part of time divided in two streams)
Stream: south fork of Wailua

Landmarks of Hawaii

Eruption of Kīlauea volcano, 1954
Eruption of Kīlauea volcano, 1954 / USGS, public domain
The Hawaiian Islands belong to the most remote islands in the world. Hawaii are characterised by tropical climate, mountainous relief, volcanism and isolation. If compared to most islands in Pacific, several Hawaiian Islands have comparatively large landmass. All these factors have led to the development of numerous impressive and unique natural attractions and some impressive monuments of culture.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
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Recommended books

Lonely Planet Best of Hawaii

Ancient Sites of Maui, Molokai and Lanai

This informative and easy-to-follow guidebook makes the ancient sites of Maui, Molokai and Lanai available to the general public for the first time. Grouping th sites by location, the book characterizes the cultural background of five main types of sites: heiau (temples), pohaku (sacred stones), petroglyphs, caves and fishponds.

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