Rainbow Falls State Park, Hawaii

Rainbow Falls, Big Island

Rainbow Falls, Big Island

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Virtual Tour: Take a Virtual Tour of Rainbow Falls

The 80-foot Rainbow Falls is renowned for the rainbow formed from its mist many mornings.  Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.  The most dramatic time to view these falls is after a rain, this is when the greatest volume of water flows over the falls.  The noise is increased significantly, also.  When you see and hear the water roaring over Rainbow Falls, you will fell great respect for the power of nature.  If you are lucky enough to arrive at sunrise, often you will see an enormous rainbow stretching across the lagoon.  With so much rain in the Hilo area, you will see vibrant vegetation and lush rain forest around the Wailuku River.  Facilities include scenic lookout, paved parking lot, and bathrooms.

Further up this same road is the Boiling Pots, a series of cascading pools that roll and boil after an upslope rain.  From the overlook you can see Pe’e Pe’e Falls.

Directions - Rainbow Falls is located off Rainbow Drive in Hilo. Drive up Wainuenue, bear to the right on Rainbow Drive, and the parking lot will be on your right.  View map of Rainbow Falls.

Nearby Attractions - HiloAkaka Falls State ParkHilo Farmer’s MarketQueen Liliuokalani GardensCoconut IslandWaipio Valley Lookout.

Rainbow Falls, Hilo Hawaii

Rainbow Falls, Hilo Hawaii

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  1. Nancy Thrasher says:

    I am bringing my 80 year old mother there in March and was wondering how accessible it is to get to the falls? I will probably be pushing her in a wheel chair.

    I was also wondering if it is still dry? I had heard there was next to no water going over the falls at this time. Please let me know.


    • letsgo-hawaii says:

      The waterfalls are very accessible. There is a parking lot next to the viewing point, and the whole area is paved and has wheelchair accessible ramps. The falls are not currently dry (I was there a few days ago), but it all depends on the weather. If it doesn’t rain for several days, they do dry up because the flow is driven by rainwater.

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