Rainbow Falls Park268 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Hilo, HI, USA, United States
- Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Nature
Along the lower reach of the longest river in the Island of Hawai'i, the Wailuku River, lies a scenic state park with two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Hilo and a stunning hiking trail. The first waterfall you will come across in the park is the Rainbow Falls, which fall from a height of 80 feet. The waterfall is named so due to the way light reflects upon the falls during morning time, creating a luminescent rainbow effect. Further along the trail, you will come across the Peepee Falls, which are source for the famous pools known as Boiling Pots. These bowl-shaped depressions in the rock of the river seem like they boil when water flow is heavy. This park is a must-visit while in Hilo.
Rainbow Falls Park Travel Tips
- There are no lifeguards at the falls and these areas are not safe for swimming.
Entrance Ticket Details For Rainbow Falls Park
- Entry is free.
Rainbow Falls Park Hours
- The Park remains open daily during Daylight Hours.
How to Reach Rainbow Falls Park
- Rent a car.
- Hire a taxi.
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60.63% of people who visit Hilo include Rainbow Falls Park in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
37.84% of people start their Rainbow Falls Park visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Rainbow Falls Park
91.97% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Rainbow Falls Park
Rainbow Falls Park Reviews & Ratings
Like every place in Hawaii, this park is beautiful! There are 2 spots to view the falls. From directly across the lake, and from a trail that allows you to view from above. Very short trail, so accessible to most. It is wheelchair accessible only from the front view where there is pavement.
We were on a bus tour, so only got to spend 30 minutes at the falls. If you are a fan of water falls Hawaii has many too explore. This one has some interesting native folk lore.
Pretty falls, (not as scenic as nearby akaka), with interesting local legend. We didn't go so far on the paths so can't speak to hiking. Good parking. Looked like a nice place for a family picnic lunch when dry.
Nice waterfall that's super easy to get to. It's only a handful of steps from the parking lot. There's also an amazing tree that you can see by walking to the top of the stairs and then into the forest, or by driving up the road another 100 yards past the parking lot.
5 star banyan tree grove. Also the incredible pools and falls are nice, but you can't swim so that's a win and a loss. Like, you can't swim, but neither can the other dipsh$t tourists ;)