A Must-See in Hawaii: Wailua Falls

At the end of Hwy. 583, Kapaia, Hawaii Even if you knew there was a natural wonder on the scale

Wailua Falls
Like frangipani blooms and cloud-brushed green peaks, waterfalls like Wailua are part of the romance of Polynesian paradises such as Kauai.

At the end of Hwy. 583, Kapaia, Hawaii

Even if you knew there was a natural wonder on the scale of Wailua Falls in the vicinity, you’d never dream this prosaic little road past a Buddhist cemetery and through four miles of waving sugarcane would be the way to reach it. The double torrent that feeds the falls (wai means “fresh water,” lua, “two”) drops 80 feet to a flower-ringed pool. The plunge is especially dramatic after heavy mountain rains—a comparatively frequent occurrence, since 5,000-foot Mount Waialeale, which dominates the center of Kauai, is considered one of the wettest spots in the world, with a yearly rainfall of almost 400 inches.

Unfortunately, there’s no safe way to climb down to the base of the falls, so your view is limited to what can be seen from just one spot.

Open year-round.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest