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Sacred Falls State Park

Sacred Falls State Park is a 1370 acre park named for the 80 foot waterfall that lies at the end of a narrow canyon within the park. It is located about one mile south of Hau'ula Town, on Kamehameha Highway. The park was named after an 80 foot waterfall that lies at the end of a narrow canyon. The hike to the waterfalls is two miles one way, and it can be dangerous. Hikers have died when flash floods swept them down the canyon.

Photo Credit: United States Geological Survey


Sacred Falls State Park has been closed to the public since a May 1999 landslide tragedy. Even before that incident occurred, the park was considered dangerous, because the footing on the park's trails can be very slippery, and because deaths have occurred on the waterfall trail when flash floods from rain storms in the mountains swept hikers down the canyon.

Eight people were killed and fifty others were injured on Mother's Day 1999 when boulders and rocks collapsed into the narrow valley where Sacred Falls is located. The park has been closed since that incident. The families of the victims received a $8.56 million settlement after a judge declared that ten signs at the start of teh 2.2 mile trail leading to the waterfall warning of possible landslides were inadequate.

USGS Article About the 1999 Sacred Falls Landslide

An article on the Web site of the United States Geological Survey with photos and information about the deadly Mother's Day 1999 Sacred Falls landslide.

Honolulu Star Bulletin Sacred Falls Articles
-2004 Mar 04: Sacred Falls Opening Advocated
-2003 Oct 29: Sacred Falls Future Debated
-2002 Oct 21: State Plans to Appeal Sacred Falls Ruling
-2002 Sep 29: Readers Weigh In on the State's Liability
-2002 Sep 26: State Considers Appeal on Sacred Falls Liability
-2002 Sep 25: State Cited for 1999 Sacred Falls Injuries
-2001 Oct 02: Sacred Falls Survivor Critical of Alerts
-2001 Sep 17: Sacred Falls Trial is Set to Begin
-2001 May 07: Sacred Falls Two Years After the Tragedy
-2001 May 07: Travel TV Channel Documents Sacred Falls Tragedy
-2000 May 05: Sacred Falls One Year After the Tragedy
-1999 Aug 07: Close Sacred Falls Study Says
-1999 Sep 09: Nine Year Old Girl Lost Part of Her Foot
-1999 May 15: Tragedy at Sacred Falls: Healing Begins
-1999 May 11: Sacred Falls Death Toll Rises to Eight
-1999 May 10: A Roar Like Thunder Then Screams of Agony
-1999 May 10: Victims of the 1999 Rockslide
-1999 May 08: A Rescuer Describes the Nightmare

See also:
- Five State Parks on Oahu
- State Recreational Areas on Oahu

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