If there is one thing Hawaii has blessed us with besides unreal beaches and hikes, its stunning waterfalls. Rainbow Falls on the Big Island is a must see for every visitor to the Big Island, Hawaii.
There is a parking lot with paved paths and viewing areas. There used to be a hike down to the falls but it is now off limits by the state. If you choose to hike down you may be at risk for a fine from the state if caught.
If you catch the lighting just right during the day magical rainbows will appear in front of the falls hence the nickname Rainbow Falls. Regardless if their is one while you are here or not, the waterfall is beyond magical.
Be sure to head up the stairs on the left and walk to the overview overlooking the top of the fall. Here you can see the Wailuku river flowing before and after the fall. The views speak for themselves when it comes to beauty.
Rainbow falls flows from the Wailuku River which is the longest river here in Hawaii flowing for a solid 28 miles. Along this river you can see other amazing waterfalls like the Boiling Pots and Pe'epe'e Falls - I'll have a full guide on these soon!
Come to the falls earlier in the day to avoid large crowds and a full parking lot. Often after 10 am tour buses will start to show up unloading lots of eager passengers so I always recommended coming before then. Rainbow falls flows from the Wailuku River which is
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how to get here
Getting to Rainbow falls is very easy if you are staying on Hilo side. The falls are located off of Waianueue Avenue. There are many large signs pointing you to the falls and GPS will also be able to lead you here. There is a designated parking lot.
Please stay within the State boundaries and do not risk a fine going down to the falls. Always pick up all trash you bring and respect the land and those around you. Do not sit or stand on the guardrails as a fall could be fatal.