From short waterfalls that cascade into small pools you can swim in to towering cascades you can only witness via helicopter tour, the waterfalls you’ll find in Hawaii are truly remarkable. And while you’ll find several Hawaii waterfalls hiding in plain sight — no hiking required — there are even more that are found off-the-beaten-path and only accessible via hiking trail. Today, we’re featuring the Hoopii Falls, a little-known waterfall hiding on the island of Kauai that’s viewable via a short 2-mile trail.

Because this incredible destination is stream-fed, it is important to issue a friendly warning about the risks associated with flash flooding, and leptospirosis bacteria found in many of Hawaii’s natural pools. It is advised that you check weather reports and ocean conditions before heading out for the day, never swim in these pools when you have open wounds, and to always watch your step. With that warning out of the way, let’s lace up our hiking boots and let the adventure begin.

Hoopii Falls is located near Kapa’a on Kapahi Road approximately half a mile after turning off Kawaihau Road. Have you ever visited Ho’opi’i Falls for yourself? If so, what was your favorite part? We’d love to read about your experience in the comments section below!

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Where can we find other hiking trails in Hawaii?

  • The Kalalau Trail in Kauai is a rugged, challenging 11-mile trek and one of the most popular in Hawaii.
  • The Thurston Lava Tube on the Big Island leads to a unique 500-foot cave-like tunnel.
  • The Aiea Loop in Oahu is a kid and dog-friendly hiking trail that winds through a forest.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other stunning hiking trails in Hawaii.

Where can we find lakes in Hawaii?

  • Lake Waiau on the Big Island sits at 13,000 feet above sea level and is one of the very highest lakes in the U.S.
  • The freshwater lake located in Kaneohe at the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden extends 32 acres and is one of the most popular lakes for its dramatic beauty.
  • The Ka Loko Reservoir on Kauai plays a big part in draining water through several other water bodies before it lands in the Pacific Ocean.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other beautiful lakes in Hawaii.

Where can we find botanical gardens in Hawaii?

  • The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the Big Island is home to over 2,000 species of flora.
  • The Kahanu Garden in Maui is a 294-acre botanical garden surrounded by one of the last undisturbed hala forests in Hawaii.
  • The Allerton Garden in Kauai is an 80-acre expanse situated adjacent to beautiful Lāwaʻi Bay,

Read on to learn more about some of the many other stunning botanical gardens in Hawaii.

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