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Wailuku River State Park

Off Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-587-0400
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Off Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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"viewing area"
in 7 reviews
"rainbow falls"
in 29 reviews
"lush tropical vegetation"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 4 reviews
"minute stop"
in 2 reviews
"few stairs"
in 2 reviews
"mother nature"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful park"
in 2 reviews
"nice falls"
in 2 reviews
"take pictures"
in 2 reviews
"short walk"
in 2 reviews
"pots"
in 34 reviews
"boiling"
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"pe"
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"upstream"
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"attraction"
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"goddess"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful park is a wonderful place steeped in Hawaiian legend and lore. Great for picnics and gentle hiking and picnicking (bring bug repellant!!!). The Hawaiians named this river "Wailuku" (Destruction Waters) for a reason - the river is deadly! "No swimming" signs are posted....More

Thank HulaRider
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No need to hike way into a park to see the attraction here. Just a short walk and if you want go way up to rop and into the woods a little bit is a huge banyan tree forest.

Thank Maurice T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with our kids in January and it's calm and not so many people. You can swim or dive in and at the end it's 3 waterfalls and we crossed the river and took a small walk here and spend 2-3hours. Not so...More

Thank eva r
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

You have to get there early to see the rainbow because the rising sun causes the rainbow. You also need to get there before the buses arrive with the 1000's of tourist.

Thank cordellb2017
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Just a mile away from Rainbow Falls further up Waianuenue Ave. is Boiling Pots at Wailuku River Stae Park. With lush tropical vegetation pretty much blocking the views of Boiling Pots, you can easily see Pe'epe'e Falls. There is free parking, an easy path to...More

Thank KLE2013
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped by here after doing a helicopter tour. There were only a few people here and you can just hike down to the bottom. Follow the warn down trails upstream and find a nice place to jump in. The current had a moderate flow...More

Thank andrewt105
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

We stopped here for Pe‘epe‘e Falls (boiling pots). I didn't see anything boiling, but there was some kind of slime and debris in the water so I was amazed that there were people swimming in there. The falls were not the best we've seen, but...More

Thank RHtravels
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

The park is nice as are the views of the river and upstream falls - BUT there are no boiling pots. There is a thermal interface with the ground water that results in hot/warm water in the river but you will not see anything that...More

1  Thank L2698ICjamesh
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Site of "Boiling Pots" and Pe'epe'e Falls. Beautiful view of the river and volcanic formations but heed signs warning against going down to swim in the "pots." I believe someone slipped, falling into the river, hit his head and was critically injured in late July,...More

Thank Judi C
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Wailuku River is the longest river in Hawaii, 28 miles, and also is the source for Rainbow Falls. The State Park contains the lower reach of the river.

Thank GPBurdell67
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StLTravelers314
31 March 2016|
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Response from Vincent S | Reviewed this property |
You would be able at Rainbow Falls because there is a ramp that goes to the top viewing area. The lower walkway would be obstructed by the retaining wall. Boiling Pots and Pe'e P'e'e Falls I am not so sure of. I cannot... More
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