In a state with arguably the highest density of waterfalls in the United States, it is hard to limit this list. The following waterfalls are pretty well known, but not always easy to spot, accessible or even legal.
1) Sacred Falls, Oahu
While this impressive waterfall has been closed to the public for more than ten years due to a dangerous and geologically unstable canyon, it is still visible by air tour.
2) Akaka Falls, Big Island
With a 400-foot summit, this waterfall is wildly popular due to the easy, paved trail down to the falls.
3) Waimoku Falls, Maui
This fall may be extremely difficult to get to – we’re talking a three to five hour hike – but the view is totally worth it to see Maui’s largest waterfall.
4) Hanakapiai Falls, Kauai
Situated on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai, this beautiful waterfall is accessible by a strenuous day hike – and can be done without a permit.
5) Papalaua Falls, Molokai
Within a cluster of seven waterfalls on the island of Molokai is Papalaua, falling at least 1,200-feet from the top of the Kawai Nui Stream.
6) Waianuenue Falls, Big Island
A short trail from the parking lot offers views from the waterfall’s summit, and if you visit on a sunny morning, you might experience how the falls got its name – waianuenue means rainbow in Hawaiian.
7) Wailua Falls, Kauai
Though this waterfall boasts a modest 80-foot peak, it features a unique two-stream plunge, and visitors can drive right up to the top of the falls.
8) Waipoo Falls, Kauai
Located in the heart of the Waimea Canyon, this 700-foot waterfall only flows during the rainy season, but I still think it’s too gorgeous to pass up.
9) Ko'olau Mountain Range, Oahu
While these falls may not be overly documented, and only appear when it is raining heavily, it is quite the pleasant surprise to see these gorgeous falls on your drive across H-3.
Which is your favorite Hawaiian waterfall? Also, stay tuned for our piece on the best (relatively) easy waterfall hikes – because those are a totally different breed that shall be explored.