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Big Island - Waterfalls at Wailuku River State Park
What? : Series of
impressive waterfalls viewing points, 5 minutes’ drive from downtown Hilo. This
is probably a 5 minute, must stop attraction, if you are visiting or just passing
through the city of Hilo.
Where? : Short drive west
of downtown Hilo on Waianuenue Avenue.
Due note 1: There are no
lifeguards on duty and neither area is safe for swimming.
Due note 2: There are restrooms
and drinking water fountain at the parking lots (no fee).
My thoughts: this is a fun
short stop at your day trip, with 30 visit you can cover all 3 locations and
enjoy the impressive waterfalls view.
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My visit recommendation
on this location will include 3 different places that have viewing points on
the Wailuku River and its waterfalls.
to the viewing points and enjoy the view of the river and waterfalls there
isn’t a lot more to do in each location, visiting all 3 locations can take no
longer than 30 min.
is the longest river in Hawai'i (both the state and the island) and its course
lies mostly along the divide between the lava flows of Mauna Kea and those of
Swimming or getting
into the river below is forbidden, not recommended and can be very dangerous. I
do not know if that is correct but read that Wailuku River accounts for 25% of
the river drowning deaths in the state.
The first one
is the Rainbow Falls (exact location): easily accessible waterfall viewing
platform, just near the large parking lot. This 80-foot waterfall is impressive!
We visited here
at a major rain event and the waterfall was rushing with the muddy brown water
and high flow. It was a cloudy rainy day so no rainbow.
location is the Boiling Pots section of the river (exact location): Here the
river cutting through the basalt rock in a series of terraced pools. The cascading
water stream creating big pools that are being fed with underground flow casing
the water to “bubble” as if they were boiling.
attraction point Wailuku River Waterfalls (exact location): Drive further upland on Waianuenue Avenue along
the Wailuku River and you’ll cross a bridge. Park your car just after the
bridge and walk back to enjoy the view of the rushing water below and the impressive
Peepee Falls (or LK falls).
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