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Waianuenue Falls (Rainbow Falls)

Where: Hilo, Big Island
Height: 80 ft.
Waterway: Wailuku River
Access: From downtown Hilo, head east on Waianuenue Avenue then bear right onto Rainbow Drive. Turn right, into Wailuku River State Park.

Like Wailua Falls on Kauai, Hilo’s Wainuenue Falls (better known as Rainbow Falls) is at its most visually impressive when heavy Mauna Kea rains fill the river that feeds it. Still, we agree with our Facebook ohana that Rainbow Falls is stunning any day. Beyond Rainbow Falls’ breathtaking 80-foot plunge, there’s its broad foliage-covered gorge, deep plunge pool and natural lava cave to appreciate. A short trail from the parking lot offers a view of the falls from its top edge.  Visit the falls on a sunny morning and you’ll even see first-hand how it got its name—waianuenue means “rainbow water” in Hawaiian.

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