Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls information

Hilo , USA
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A regular stop for tour buses, the lookout for this 'instant gratification' cascade is just steps from the parking lot. Depending on rainfall, the lovely 80ft waterfall can be a torrent or a trickle. Go in the morning and you'll see rainbows if the sun and mist cooperate. Waianuenue ('rainbow seen in water') is the Hawaiian name for these falls.

To get here, drive up Waianuenue Ave (veer right when it splits into Kaumana Dr) about 1.5 miles from downtown Hilo; follow the signage.

Nearby, and just as impressive, is Peʻepeʻe Falls & Boiling Pots , a lookout two miles past Rainbow Falls. This unique series of falls cascading into swirling, bubbling pools (or 'boiling pots') might tempt you to hike in, but stay out of the water; currents are treacherous and many drownings have occurred. Restrooms available here.