Best state parks in Hawaii

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Explore the most popular state parks in Hawaii with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best state parks (4)
#1 - Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park
Hawaii, Hawaii
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This is a beautiful park on the west coast of the Big Island. The park has a sandy beach which is a great spot for swimming. A popular 4.5 mile route through the park leads visitors to Kua Bay. Along this route you can also hike to the summit of Pu'u Ku'ili, a 342-foot high cinder cone, which offers incredible views of the coastline. There are several beaches visitors can access from this park, you can't go wrong!Show more
#2 - Manukā State Wayside
Hawaii, Hawaii
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A rest stop with an opportunity to picnic among a collection of native and introduced trees. A 2-mile nature hike through the Manuka Natural Area Reserve offers an experience in Hawaiian natural history. Open shelter camping.Show more
#3 - Akaka Falls State Park
Hawaii, Hawaii
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This is a small park hosting the incredible Akaka Falls. There is a $5 fee per car to enter. The waterfall itself is incredible, plunging 440 feet into the river below. There is a paved trail (with steps) to a viewing area. Get there early on the weekends!Show more
#4 - Wailuku River State Park
Hawaii, Hawaii
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This beautiful park is on the east coast of the Big Island. Situated along the Wailuku River, the park boasts the 80-foot Rainbow Falls. The waterfall is named as such because a rainbow is formed from its mist in the mornings. You'll find incredible geologic points-of-interest here including Boiling Pots, which are a row of big pools connected by an underground flow of water, which will occasionally bubble up as if it were boiling. This is an enchanting park and a must-see for those visiting the Big Island.Show more