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Rainbow Falls

Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #15 of 39 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Waterfalls
Description: Waterfalls located on the big island of Hawaii.
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

After Iselle damage in other areas, it was great to see Rainbow falls in full beauty, rainbows shimmering at the bottom, kids climbing the top of the falls, etc. This is a great spot for photo opps

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Mililani, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Make sure you go after a decent rainfall so that you can see and hear the raging waterfall. Don't be an idiot like some of the visitors, they decided to climb the unstable area to get next to the waterfall. Not a bright idea, considering the falls come from multiple water sources and the waters could rise at any time.

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Brasilia, DF
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful waterfall in a totally hawaiian environment with lots of green plants, close to downtown Hilo.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were so excited to see these falls since they are on the cover of Fodors! We built them up in our minds and the view was less than grand. The site is not taken care of and the stairs that lead to the top of the falls is completely broken down. If it hadn't been labeled I would have... More

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San Diego, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is the second time I have visited Rainbow Falls. Both times we hiked to the back/front of the falls where you can get an even better and up close view. Some people were swimming in the little pools behind the falls. Be very careful though and don't get too close to the edge.

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Aviano
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Behind our B&B in Hilo is a small river which forms this water fall downstream a bit. It is easy walking distance from the B&B so we liked it. However, the spot is obviously on the tour bus list and that was a little bit of a drawback. Most of the island is quiet and serene but when tour busses... More

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a pretty cool waterfall to check out that is right there without the hike. You won't spend much time here but it is something cool to see.

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Bow, NH
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is another easy waterfall to see, and one of the best we saw on our drive around the island! It is easy to combine with Pee'e Pee'e Falls and Boiling Pots, and a quick 10 minute drive from Hilo.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If it's been raining, it will be flooded, and the water will be dirty. The waterfall is beautiful, but there's a small trail leading to a place to swim (despite all the no swimming signs), under the waterfalls and I've heard there's cliffs to jump off far upstream. We didn't swim due to the high water level and fast current... More

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Chester, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I actually preferred Boiling pots just up the road. We had just recently seen Akaka Falls and this is not in the same league. There are just too many lovely falls in HI to see them all.

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