Wailuku River State Park: Rainbow Falls

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When we got back to the pier from our Volcanoes National Park excursion, we took a cab to Rainbow Falls in Wailuku River State Park in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. Rainbows can often be seen arching across the falls in the morning.

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We arrived at midday, so no rainbows for us, but the lush foliage and rushing falls were still a sight to see. And being there after peak rainbow time meant we missed the tour bus crowds.

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Rainbow Falls is called Waiānuenue in Hawaiian, which means ‘rainbow seen in water.’ The 80 foot falls flow over a lava cave, said to be the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.

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We viewed the falls from the walkway down below and then climbed the stairs through the tropical vegetation for a different view. There is another area of Wailuku State Park called the Boiling Pots, but we missed it this trip.

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Location: Rainbow Drive, Hilo, HI 96720

Designation: State Park

Date of my visit: April 16, 2019

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