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Rainbow Falls

Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #13 of 39 attractions in Hilo
Type: Waterfalls
Description: Waterfalls located on the big island of Hawaii.
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Rainbow falls was worth the stop but only if it's "on your way". If I only had time for one side trip, I'd do Akaka Falls but this was an enjoyable stop as well.

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Annapolis, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A very nice, tall falls that is overrated by the tour companies who find it an easy reach for a bus. go once but it is not a wonder for me.

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Hatboro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our short stop at Rainbow Falls. The falls were very pretty and within a short drive from our hotel. Worth a short stop.

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Get out of your car, off the paved path and get down one of two trials that lead down to the top of the falls!! Park, walk over to the paved viewing area, then gawk at the people you see near the top of the falls who look like they could fall in. That could be you if you walk... More

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The falls were spectacular. You couldn't see anything from the lookout, there were too many plants in the way. But on the bridge, it was beautiful!! No hike at all to the waterfall, right off the parking lot.

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Richmond, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We came here around mid morning. We didn't see a rainbow and then I found out the best time to go kids early morning. Out had been thinking for weeks here and the water looked brown. Mainly because of much and fort being washed from high river. We didn't take the stair hike and was fairly pleased with what we... More

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Rocklin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

About one mile west of Hilo, after a hard rain (which frequently occurs) Rainbow Falls thunder into a gorge, often creating rainbows in the mist.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stopped on our way to Mauna Kea. We didn't see any rainbows. We took a couple of pretty pictures and left. I prefer Akaka Falls.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at around 10am and couldn't turn into the parking lot..it was jammed! The falls are pretty, as all falls are, but others are nicer...and there was no rainbow! The walk to the top had some beautiful vegetation. It was a decent stop...not a favorite. Very glad it was free!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Park right next to waterfall but do not leave valuables in the car. Waterfall is very nice but viewing is obstructed by overgrown plants at the observing platform - better view closer to the carpark. Boiling pots close by we could hardly see because of the overgrown plants. Worth a look

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