Wailua Falls

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Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls, Kauai.JPG
A view from the top of Wailua Falls
LocationWailua River State Park on Kauai, Hawaii
Coordinates22°02′16″N 159°22′54″W / 22.03778°N 159.38167°W / 22.03778; -159.38167Coordinates: 22°02′16″N 159°22′54″W / 22.03778°N 159.38167°W / 22.03778; -159.38167
Total height84 feet (26 m)
Number of drops2
WatercourseSouth Fork Wailua River

Wailua Falls is a waterfall on the island of Kauai, part of the US state of Hawaii. The 173 foot (52.7 m) [1] falls are located on the South Fork Wailua River near Lihue. The waterfall is prominently featured on the opening credits of the television series Fantasy Island.

There are paths to the bottom of the falls, but it can be muddy and slippery. The "trail" further from the parking lot is less steep than the closer one. In ancient times, Hawaiian men would jump from the top of the falls to prove their manhood[citation needed]. Some people still leap off the top of the falls, though it is dangerous and illegal. In 2016, a man jumped from the falls and was knocked unconscious but narrowly avoided death when someone swam out into the pool to save him.[2] The pool is great for swimming, but there are swift currents close to the waterfall.[citation needed] There is another waterfall nearby named 'Opaeka'a Falls.

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  1. ^ Doughty, Andrew (2012) The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed. Wizard Publications. ISBN 978-0-9814610-9-0, pg 75
  2. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/09/14/man-knocked-out-by-200-foot-waterfall-jump-in-hawaii-saved-by-tourists.html
  • More, Kathy (2002). Kauaʻi Trails: Walks, Strolls, and Treks on the Garden Island. Wilderness Press. ISBN 0-89997-305-1.