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Wailuku River State Park

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Address: Off Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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2 good viewpoints with good facilitys

Rainbow falls and Boiling pots are the 2 viewing areas. Both have good parking lots with bathroom and picnic tables. Both falls can be viewed from a well paved short trail. Don... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you expect natural wonders like this in the middle of nowhere, but Wailuku River State Park is very close to Hilo. You can see Rainbow Falls and the Boiling Pots. There are lookouts that don't require a lot of climbing of stairs, though there are a few stairs. Look for the information plaque about the Battle of the Wailuku... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rainbow falls and Boiling pots are the 2 viewing areas. Both have good parking lots with bathroom and picnic tables. Both falls can be viewed from a well paved short trail. Don expect to get amazing pictures here, you are limited to the viewing areas. Great if you have people with limited mobility.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Upstream from Rainbow Falls and about 1-mile further up Rainbow Road, these are worth a 15-20- minute stop. Nothing spectacular, but a nice overlook minus the cruise ship crowd you may have encountered at Rainbow Falls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a nice place. The Peʻepeʻe Falls & Rainbow Falls are here. Look out for the Boiling Pots during the hike !

1 Thank Shakti M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The falls are nice but you need to be able to walk and climb up and down stairs. It is a good place to take a few photos and spend 30 minutes for 5 bucks a car. You get to see several waterfalls. Don't pay a tour guide to take you here. You really need to rent a car to... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Just 5 minutes above Hilo, Rainbow falls was nice to see. No rainbow to see due to 6, yes 6 inches of rain the night before and falls were really running. After falls, went right on loop to see Boiling pot in river. Then on to Lava tube(didn't stop, forgot flashlight)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

If in Hilo just stop. You will see 4 waterfalls without a walk. Parking is ample. Rainbow falls is the best and just 1.5 miles up are the Boiling Pots and PeePee falls. Just go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Nice waterfalls but not as accessible as others. You can get closer with other ones in the area. Nice photo spot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Nice falls and Banyan trees all surrounded by tropical forest just minutes from downtown Hilo, take your time to walk the trails and watch the ponds over the falls, we saw people swimming there (in our previous visit) and looks like an awesome thing to do if you dare!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

You can hike up to the top of the falls, see the banyan tree or simply take pictures at the view point. Don't try to take selfies when at the cliffs edge.

1 Thank Divya N

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