Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Highlights:
  • Watching the falls from the beach
  • The beautiful lush surrouding
  • The mythological home of Hina
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Description:
Rainbow falls is located in Hilo, Hawaii. The waterfall is about 80 ft tall and 100 ft in diameter. It had been named as such because during the morning when the weather is clear and sunny, rainbows can be seen in the mist thrown up by the waterfall. Rainbow fall get its water from the Wailuku River, which is the longest river in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is 26 km long. The river was impossible to navigate during heavy rains until three large bridges were built by locals. The bridges provide excellent views of the surrounding. Rainbow falls is surrounded by lush, dense tropical foliage.

In Hawaiian language the name Waianuenue meaning "rainbow waters". The falls flows over a natural lava cave which is known to be the mythological home of Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. Getting into the cave is possible but the trail is rough and slippery. It is definitely worth exploring the cave. The best time is during the morning where there is enough sunlight getting into the cave. There are very nice rock formations. Just beyond the Rainbow falls keep watch for a short, unpaved path that leads from the parking lot to the top of the waterfall.

A very beautiful area surrounded by mango trees. It is very popular even though it is secluded, there are many visitors that come on the location on a regular basis.
 
Type:
Scenic Lookout
Waterfall
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Parking
Location
70 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States 96720
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