What to Expect
Ma'alo Road, East Kauai
This majestic, 80-foot tiered waterfall is located close to the roadside lookout for everyone to enjoy. The falls was made famous when it was featured in the opening scene of the popular television show, Fanasty Island. The falls can dramatically change appearance depending on rain and the river's flow. The best time to view this spectacular site is early morning as the sun shines on the falls. The brave and sure-footed can can take a slippery trail down to the bottom of the falls and take a dip in the cool, mountain water. In ancient times, warriors would leap from the top of the falls to prove their bravery. This is strongly discouraged, as is the hike to the top of the falls, as any leap or fall could be fatal.
Take Highway 56 north out of Lihu'e to Ma'alo Road, Highway 583, on the right. The waterfall is located at the end of the road. Only 5 minutes from Lihu'e.
Lookout located right next to the waterfall - no hiking required!
Slippery, steep hike down to the bottom of the falls and its pool is 3/10 of a mile down the road
Best viewing time is early morning when the sun is shining on the water
Falls change dramatically depending on rainfall
Top of the falls is flat with channels cut into the rock from centuries of flowing water