Rainbow Falls

4.5 stars from 8 reviews
Address 967 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720
Picturesque 100 ft. waterfall outside of Hilo.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Sightseeing: Waterfalls

Full Description
Part of the Wailuku River State Park, Rainbow Falls is a 100 foot waterfall that pours into a large pool. The surrounding area is blanketed with trees and lush tropical growth. Viewing the waterfall is easily accessible from the state park. Facilities include a parking lot, restrooms, and a railed walking path for an elevated viewing platform of the falls.

As the sun reflects on the waterfall, a rainbow is visible in the mist, hence it's namesake.
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Erik G
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 32
Likes Received: 1
Well worth getting there early in the morning to see the rainbows in the mist of the waterfall. The hike up the stairs to the left of the falls takes you to the top of the falls where there are some amazing views and some amazing looking trees at the top of the trail.
Nicole L
Joined: Aug 2017
Reviews: 30
Likes Received: 0
Gorgeous! These pics are on top of the waterfall.
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 13
Likes Received: 0
Rainbow falls was beautiful with the natural occurring rainbow. Love waterfalls and this one did not disappoint. Loved walking up the trail to the top and a beautiful place to take pictures.
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 29
Likes Received: 8
A good spot for a brief visit and easily accessible just west of Hilo. The falls make a tremendous noise in the Spring and the water is very stirred up. Do be well aware of what children are doing. The parking lot has a glorious array of Hawaiian plants and often someone is there to interpret. Sometimes locals are diving here...resist the temptation!
Lori H
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 234
Likes Received: 4
Rainbow falls is a nice place to visit. You can take a short hike up some stairs to get a better view of the falls, but it does get a slippery when it rains. There's usually not a crowd of people here so there should be parking. Be sure to always lock your car doors and use mosquito spray when walking around.
Kandy H
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 47
Likes Received: 2
If you are in Hilo you must go see Rainbow Falls. It is very easy to get good photos here. Walk around and see the large tree. It is easy to find and get to. I have since learned that there is a state park just up the road that we missed. We will have to go back to see it next time.
rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
Likes Received: 19
Rainbow Falls is about 5 minutes from downtown Hilo. It is a very short walk from your car to the waterfall lookout. There is a trail on the left that takes you up to see the top of the falls and Wailuku River. Watch out if it is wet, these stairs can get slippery. It has a handrail so if you take your time it's no problem. On your way up be sure to check out the huge Banyan trees. Parking here is free.
Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 26
Rainbow Falls received an overall rating of 4 stars from over 50 reviews.
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