Rainbow Falls Hilo: Waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii
Rainbow Falls is located in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Named for the rainbows that are often spotted in its mist each morning, Rainbow Falls are 80 feet tall and almost 100 feet in diameter. Waianuenue Falls is its Hawaiian name and means “rainbow seen in water”.
Part of the Hawai’i State Parks, there is no fee to see the falls.
Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.
Follow the path to the left of the look out to walk to a viewpoint at the top of Rainbow Falls.
Restrooms are available. To get to Rainbow Falls, take Waianuenue Ave. from downtown Hilo mauka for approximately two miles. Rainbow Drive branches off to the right just after crossing a bridge. Follow the signs to the parking lot. The park opens at sunrise and closes at dusk.
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