Rainbow Falls
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Waterfalls located on the big island of Hawaii.
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  • Ravenito
    Charlotte, North Carolina476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth seeing while you're in Hilo
    Not much to say, it's a really beautiful waterfall that is easily accessible from the parking lot. There is a trail you can follow for a little bit further upriver to another water fall and other stuff but I didn't have time to do more than see Rainbow Falls. Thankfully it had been raining quite a lot recently so the falls really had quite a lot of water flowing down, making for a nice view. It's free, easy to get to, there's free parking, and it's right there in hilo, what else could you want?
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Brian D
    Denver, Colorado2,400 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Waterfalls - Great Location - Easy Access - Fantastic Scenery
    If you are visiting the Hilo area, don't pass on this destination stop. Accessing the falls is very easy and doesn't require any real exercise or effort. The scenery around the falls is incredible and breathtaking. The falls themselves are worth the price of admission (which is, actually, free!). Parking is free, and the only issue might be finding a parking spot, as this is a popular destination. Patience pays off and don't forget what is waiting for you ounce you are parked. There is a path to a nice overlook to the falls. you can also take a staircase on the opposite side of the falls to get a closer look. If you enjoy taking pictures, this is a not-to-be-missed stop on your Hawaii sightseeing tour. These falls are part of the Wailuku River State Park and you'll find signage explaining the history of this area, and how it became a state park.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Melly Mel
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    Stopped by on the way to the volcano nat'l park. Easy to find. Parking is right in front. There are clean restrooms. The waterfall is gorgeous, but not swimmable. There is a beautiful banyan tree that is a must see as well. Great spot for some pics. It was drizzling, so we didn't get to see the rainbow.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • freutmich
    755 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Waterfall; Jam-Packed Parking Lot
    Everyone I know who has ever been to Hilo included Rainbow Falls on their must-see list. Luckily, it's really close to downtown and it's easily accessible. When my family arrived, though, the parking lot was packed. I mean . . . there was a line out into the road. People were waiting, and as one car left someone new could pull in. Once we managed to park, we joined the crowd in looking at the falls. It really is a beautiful waterfall. There's also a stairway built into the landscape that takes you up above and behind the falls into an area filled with banyan trees. If you can stomach the crowds, Rainbow Falls is definitely worth a stop.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, Washington3,639 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to visit.
    I'm an older guy and am starting to slow down so I'm not interested in hiking for miles through the jungle to spot a waterfall. Rainbow Falls makes it easy to visit. It is only a few miles away from downtown Hilo and there was plenty of parking when we visited although the lot could be full in the morning when the light hits the water droplets just right to Bri g out the rainbows. There was a short walk to a viewing platform and an easy climb with handrails up to the top of the Falls. And since we didn't have to hike, we had time to do more things in Hilo.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • TripFan045
    405 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty waterfalls
    A good stop if you are in the Hilo area. I wish it had been sunnier when we went and I also wish that you could get a little closer to the falls but it is well fenced off. The vegetation and tree around it are cool and it is a pretty place.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 November 2023
  • iowacityia
    2,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday, December 3rd morning visit.
    My wife and I arrived around 11am as part of a Holland America Cruise shore excursion. This was 1 of several stops. Arriving via tour van, we were able to spend some time at the lookout, and climb the sketchy rocky steps to the top of the waterfalls. The waterfalls were fast with so much recent rain. It was very cool. We had a nice visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • parrottdize
    Dyer, Indiana2,281 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of a cruise excursion.
    Have seen Rainbow Falls several times, but always from the public viewing area. This time we did the OK Farm excursion and the excursion included 2 waterfalls. The viewing point of Rainbow Falls is from their pavilion (which can't be seen from the public viewing area). It was so nice to get a different viewpoint of these falls.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 December 2023
  • KatInCLE93
    Cleveland, Ohio18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice little stop
    My husband and I were already exploring Hilo & Volcanos when we stopped at Rainbow Falls. It wouldn't be a place that I would say you have to go out of your way to see but if you are on this side of the island, it is definitely nice to stop by and take some pictures. It isn't a big hike so anyone can see it. It is right next to a homeless shelter so just be on the lookout for people when you are driving up this way. Overall it was pretty & glad we saw it. Don't need to see it again.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
  • Timothy K
    Chicago, Illinois294 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    water fall
    The falls are nice, easy to get to - has a parking lot and overlook. the rainbow probably needs ot be in morning ot get sun effect. Also a recent rain would help the flow. It is so close to Hilo (5-10 min) that you should go.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
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Face_The_Elements
Edmonton, Canada346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was a very pretty spot but very busy with tour buses when we arrived at 10am. There was no rainbow when we were there because of the overcast but it was still nice. There were various lookout points of the falls and had an added feature with lots of banyon trees to view at the peak of the falls. It’s a quick stop but makes for great photos.
Written 18 April 2024
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froggie93
fl764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Rainbow Falls scenic view is an 80' waterfall surrounded by lush green foliage. We enjoyed this stop on our drive around the island just stopped for a few photos to continue on our journey, I am glad we stopped. Park opens at sunrise and closes at dusk.
Written 24 March 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful waterfall. There is a parking lot with plenty of parking and paved sidewalks for the hadicaped. There is a trail that you can take to a very large banyan tree that the kids love to climb, and you can get a view of the waterfall from the top.
Written 19 March 2024
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Kehlani A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Rainbow falls offers a beautiful backdrop for pictures for your social media postings. It's easy to get to and it's free.
Written 14 March 2024
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Dave S
Batavia, IL85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great for older people, as it's a very short walk to the viewing area. There are a lot of tour buses, but the crowds were not overwhelming.
PRO TIP: Handicapped Parking tags are honored at most places including Rainbow Falls.
Written 11 March 2024
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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This small waterfall is nice, an easy walk up a few steps and only a 5 minute drive from central Hilo. Boiling Pots are another 5 minutes up the road. A nice easy afternoon drive.
Written 17 February 2024
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Lazybu
Paragould, AR208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The falls were beautiful in a beautiful setting. Very easy to get to. Do the stairs up to the top and look at the hidden gem within the trees
Written 17 February 2024
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Timothy K
Chicago, IL294 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The falls are nice, easy to get to - has a parking lot and overlook. the rainbow probably needs ot be in morning ot get sun effect. Also a recent rain would help the flow. It is so close to Hilo (5-10 min) that you should go.
Written 23 January 2024
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KatInCLE93
Cleveland, OH18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My husband and I were already exploring Hilo & Volcanos when we stopped at Rainbow Falls. It wouldn't be a place that I would say you have to go out of your way to see but if you are on this side of the island, it is definitely nice to stop by and take some pictures. It isn't a big hike so anyone can see it. It is right next to a homeless shelter so just be on the lookout for people when you are driving up this way. Overall it was pretty & glad we saw it. Don't need to see it again.
Written 11 January 2024
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Matthew J
Buena Park, CA541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My family visited the Rainbow Falls and was rewarded with both a rainbow and a gushing waterfall. There was free parking and restrooms. You can view the falls from the parking lot or climb some stairs for a different perspective. I recommend doing both. By climbing, we got to see a rainbow in the mist from the falls, the rapids that lead to the waterfall, and tall majestic banyan trees.
Written 28 December 2023
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