Opaekaa Falls - Beautiful Scenic Waterfall on Kauai Hawaii
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Opaekaa Falls - Beautiful Scenic Waterfall on Kauai Hawaii

Opaekaa Falls is a beautiful waterfall located right along the highway on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Opaekaa Falls is a beautiful scenic waterfall located along Opaekaa Stream before it flows down and joins the Wailua River on the eastern side of Kauai, Hawaii about 2 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean coast. Opaekaa Falls drops 150 feet in beautiful fashion right down a basalt cliff face in what is usually two or three prongs though the whole cliff face can be covered with the waterfall when rain is heavy.

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The great thing about Opaekaa Falls is that it is located and is visible right along a main road in Kauai. The road is Highway 580 also known as Kuamoo Road. There is a parking lot and viewing spot for Opaekaa Falls located right along Highway 580 just about two miles inland from where 580 begins and goes inland along the coast from State Highway 56 the Kuhio Highway.

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Opae means shrimp in Hawaiian and Kaa means rolling. So Opaekaa means rolling shrimp. At one time freshwater shrimp were plentiful in this part of Kauai and they would flow down Opaekaa Stream and roll right over Opaekaa Falls hence the name for this beautiful scenic waterfall in Hawaii.

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From the roadside viewpoint visitors get great views of Opaekaa Falls which flows all year long even during dry spells. As an added bonus the views from the other side of the road of the Wailua River as it winds its way to the Pacific Ocean are also spectacular.

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The Wailua River is the only river in Hawaii that is really navigable by larger boats and some tour operators offer dinner cruises along the river. Kayaks are required to stay within 20 feet of shore along the Wailua River.

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There used to be a trail to the top and base of Opaekaa Falls from the parking lot but the trail was closed and fenced off to hikers after two women hikers fell to their deaths from the top of Opaekaa Falls in 2006. Such incidents are bad for tourism in Hawaii which is such a big part of the state's economy. One hopes that at some point the state will develop the trail and make it safe for hikers but until then hiking to Opaekaa Falls is prohibited.

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Opaekaa Falls is a beautiful sight to behold and a great tourist attraction on Kauai, Hawaii that is easily viewable right from the road. Tourists can also visit nearby Wailua Falls which is famous for being shown in the opening credits of the old Fantasy Island TV show. For more info see Wailua Falls - Beautiful Scenic Waterfall in Hawaii Featured on TV on Fantasy Island.

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Another beautiful falls worth visiting! Thanks, Joe!