There is an updated writeup of this waterfall on a different page, which you can read by clicking here
When I was researching for the Hawaii Waterfalls book project, I couldn't believe that this was apparently the shooting location for a scene in Kevin Costner's Waterworld (I haven't seen the movie so I can't verify that claim). Apparently the falls were flowing back then. Definitely not these days as far as my experience goes.
To visit this "waterfall," we had to go down the Waipi'o Valley Road. Our Hi'ilawe Falls page tells you what that's like. But once we got to the bottom of the road, we went right at the fork, which follows a muddy dirt road towards the beach. But just before getting to the dark beach, we went right past a sign onto a faint trail that followed along a narrow rocky track that quickly degenerated into a boulder scramble between the crashing waves on one side and rockfall-prone cliffs on the other. Fortunately, we didn't have to go far (maybe about 1/4-mile) before the vegetation breaks and we were in front of the bare cliff where the falls was supposed to be.
But even though we weren't far from the Waipi'o Valley, we definitely feared the potential for rogue waves threatening to pluck us from the rocks and into the turbulent ocean.
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Looking back towards Waipi'o Bay
Kaluahine Falls was just as dry as it was the last time we were here a year ago
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