Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls
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Waterfalls located on the big island of Hawaii.
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  • Chandra S
    Texas138 contributions
    Beautiful Waterfall!!
    Our family of five from Texas and Oklahoma visited Oahu and the Big Island for Spring Break! The waterfall and area is Amazing!! I love waterfalls and this one did not disappoint. You do not have to hike to this one, right at the parking! It was very cloudy the day we visited so no rainbow.. The only negative I have is there was a lady while we were there that was climbing all over the rocks right by the water so we could not get good pictures for a while. She was on the rocks for quite some time… People were yelling at her to get back and I noticed some people were downright mad that she was out there! I do not blame them! Then on our way home from our trip, I read about a man that fell and had to be rescued by helicopter and is seriously injured and this accident happened 2 days after we had visited!! Not sure why people try this stuff, they are only going to ruin it for future guests as they will not be able to visit at all if they block the falls from everyone! Would definitely recommend this waterfall to everyone!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 March 2023
  • SHIRLEY S
    40 contributions
    A beautiful waterfall on the Big Island
    The ONLY reason I give Rainbow Falls 4 stars is because of it's close proximity to the parking lot - otherwise I would have given it 5 stars. Somehow, hanging out by a beautiful Hawaiian waterfall loses some of it's aloha being so close to massive tour buses and taxi cabs constantly driving in and out, transporting people to this gem. Granted, I came on a bus myself... but there was no adventurous hike thru a rain forest to take you to this oasis - simply get off your bus and boom - there it is, right on the other side of a metal hand rail. If you can shut out all the people lining up to take selfies by the waterfall (like me) and ignore the busy parking lot, it is beautiful place to be.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 10 May 2023
  • Ravenito
    Charlotte, North Carolina494 contributions
    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, Colorado2,393 contributions
    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
    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
    787 contributions
    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, Washington3,196 contributions
    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
    368 contributions
    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
    1,845 contributions
    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, Indiana2,104 contributions
    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
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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand632 contributions
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, AR165 contributions
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, IL303 contributions
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, OH13 contributions
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, CA555 contributions
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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kevan j
Norman, OK1,436 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Nice waterfall...pretty, with good quick access to the front and the top. Plenty of free parking. We did see the namesake rainbow, but rainbows are not unusual on the Hilo side of the island. Definitely worth a stop.
Written 27 December 2023
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parrottdize
Dyer, IN2,104 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 25 December 2023
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia1,845 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 13 December 2023
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Curious12814737449
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Falls,fantastic David the guide knowledgeable in all areas. His demeanor. He was very enjoyable throughout the trip
Written 5 December 2023
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chickabeegrrl
Elk Grove, CA2,069 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
The Rainbow Falls is right off the parking lot so super easy access. When the trail is open on the left side, go up the hill to see the top of the falls and where all that water comes from. This is a really great place for photos. If you’re here on a sunny day you should be able to see some rainbows. Free parking and access to restrooms.
Written 4 December 2023
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