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Kilauea Falls, Kauai Hawaii

Kilauea Falls are one of my favorites on the island. It requires a 35-minute hike down to the falls if you don’t have 4×4 vehicle. You do cross some private ranchland that I believe the landowner graciously allows you to cross. The trail is actually one of the best-maintained trails on the island (this might be due to all the films made here).

Kilauea Falls

Kilauea Falls

The trail is so wide and well maintained; you could have a two-lane road on most of it. It is a gradual decline all the way to Kilauea Falls, which is 1.4 miles from the parking area on Kahili Quarry Road. The trail takes you past banana plants, guava, and tunnels of bamboo. The trail is enclosed in tropical scenery and you do get views of the River and Valley from time-to-time. Once you get down to the falls all that changes. You probably have a quarter of an acre that is grass manicured. This is an ideal spot for a LONG picnic lunch. Kilauea Falls are approximately 50 feet tall and 150 feet across. There is a very large pool in front of the falls and some room behind the falls. If you decide to swim out to the falls and walk behind them you will see why they are know by the locals as “Rainbow Falls”. I was impressed and for the overall backdrop, quality of the falls, and large picnic area, Kilauea Falls are one of my all time favorites located on the Kilauea River.

Kilauea Falls Hike Path

The Hiking Path to Kilauea Falls

It’s up to you to decide whether or not to walk down the private trail. I have gotten both sides of the story from several sources. Some say Kilauea Falls are on public land but you have to cross private property, some say that an agreement has been made that the public now has access to the falls. There were over a dozen tourists there on my visit along with several locals.

Additional Information:

Distance: 3.71 miles
Elapsed Time: 1:03:08
Avg Speed: 3.5 mph
Max Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 17′ 01″ per mile
Min Altitude: 184 ft
Max Altitude: 397 ft

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  1. Chuck January 17, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I get a lot of questions about Kilauea Falls. I only discovered Kilauea by watching shows seeing the falls featured. (Army commercial, Stunts Gone Bad where a lady tries to go over the falls on a jet ski..with a bad ending) An internet search didn’t help because it shows the falls the wrong place. I spent an afternoon knocking on doors in Kilauea with very few people wanting to talk about them and just said you can’t even get to them.

    The challenge was on! Finally a nice lady who worked for the state said it was one of her favorite spots and gave me directions. Actually they are easy to get to once I found the way.

    If you are on Rock Quarry Beach you will come up the path by the river at the far north end. Continue up the path until you get to the yellow pipe fence it is the same color as all the state trail fences. Cross and just follow the path to the falls.

    From Kilauea go past the shopping center as you are going to the lighthouse. The first road to the right is Rock Quarry Road. Go to the end of the road and park in the parking lot. Follow the dirt road down to the yellow fence on the right.

    Every visit we go. Ever visit there are people there. I have been told by the locals that the land is private. I was told by the state worker that an easement was granted to go to the falls. There are NO SIGNS either way. There aren’t any No Trespassing signs and I love the spot so I tend to believe the state worker. It’s up to you.

    • JM Ensworth February 24, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      As of February 2011 construction has begun on the Landowners property. Access to the falls has been closed. There is full-time security onsite. Trespassers will be asked to leave. Access to the falls is at the discretion of the property owner, who will be formulating a plan for future access.

  2. Chuck February 24, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you for the update. I will revise the blog to indicate the trail is currently closed.

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