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“Pretty good in December”
Review of Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls
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Hilo Volcano Special Tour
Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Hilo
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Owner description: Waterfalls located on the big island of Hawaii.
Seattle, Washington
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291 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“Pretty good in December”
Reviewed January 2, 2011

During the rainy season the waterfall is good, also a big Banyan tree up the walkway towards the waterfall.

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Smaaaaal waterfall!”
Reviewed November 5, 2010

Not worth the time, sorry... We're from BC Canada, and our smallest waterfall kicks butt big time...

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“Timing is everything here”
Reviewed October 31, 2010

If the river has good flow it is a very impressive waterfall, if not you'll be wondering what you're doing there. There is an impressive Banyan tree just up the river a short hike that is a good place for photos. Take the walkway up the steps on the west side of the parking lot, then just follow the trail over a small ridge and there's the Banyan tree. The trail goes back to the river just past the tree to some large pools that look like local swimming holes.

Thank Dreggy
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Olalla, Washington
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“Nice Falls, Terrible Access”
Reviewed September 23, 2010

Rainbow Falls is spectacular, beautiful, etc. The viewing area is a tiny parking lot jammed with an endless train of tour buses disgorging huge crowds of tourists. There is no trail or garden, just a poorly placed viewing area jammed with crowds that shove and elbow you as you try to get a glimpse of the falls. The only reason I give praise to the falls is I saw them from a helicopter.

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San Diego, California
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“Lovely waterfall-with nearby waterfalls further up the road”
Reviewed July 28, 2010

First of all, I have been to this waterfall many times, and it depends on what time of year you go whether or not you will see the raging water that you see in many postcards and books. Last winter and during the summer it slows to a trickle (usually winter is rainier but this year Hilo had a drought). Even when it is at a trickle it is still a deep water fall with rich history. Kamehameha's father's bones are burrowed underneath the falls. There is a trail that forks off to the left of the falls and from there you can climb down on the rocks above the falls-but this is dangerous if a storm is approaching or if the waterfall has a good flow. The trail also leads to some beautiful trees that make an easy climb even for young children. If you want a to see guaranteed good waterfalls, drive further up the road and there are several other waterfalls including Boiling Pots and Pe'e Pe'e Falls (this will at least make a good photo of the name-i.e. Pee Pee Falls). Big Island Revealed has good directions to these waterfalls and many other attractions on the island. Akaka Falls always puts on a good show and is about 30 minutes north of Hilo if you really want to see something impressive!

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