Peʻepeʻe Falls & Boiling Pots


Two miles past Rainbow Falls is another drive-up lookout, Peʻepeʻe Falls & Boiling Pots. This unique series of falls cascading into swirling, bubbling pools (or 'boiling pots') might tempt you to hike down and plunge in, but don't even think about it; currents are treacherous and drownings are frequent.

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