Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wailua Falls in Kaua'i

Feeding the Wailua River near the East Shore of Kaua'i, Wailua Falls' claim to fame was for being featured in the opening credits of the 1970s television show, "Fantasy Island." While the pool below the  looked tempting, we avoided temptation and instead, marveled at these twin 80-foot falls from above. The trails to the pool are steep and slippery when wet and offers visitors a treacherous journey to the base of the falls. In ancient times, Hawaaian men would prove their manhood by diving off its cliff. Thankfully, no one attempted these feat during our visit.

The authors of The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed (which I highly recommend, by the way) measured the falls themselves and disagreed with the official 80-ft height measurement. They claim that the Wailua Falls are actually 173-feet tall. After seeing it in person, I would side with the shorter measurement, but regardless of the falls' actual height, it is still a breathtaking sight.

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