When you are in Hilo, don’t miss seeing Rainbow Falls. The river flows over the arch shaped rock. The rock has a cave embedded in it. Legend says that Kamehameha buried the bones of his father in this cave.
This waterfall is easy to access just off Waianuenue Avenue on the northwest side of Hilo. From Hwy 19 turn onto Hwy 200 and follow until you see a fork in the road. Stay right on Waianuenue Avenue following the signs to the Rainbow Falls Area. There is plenty of paved parking and a short paved path to see the falls. This is a popular spot, so if it seems crowded and a tour bus is there, just wait for a few minutes for folks to clear out.
Please take note that the amount of recent rainfall makes a big difference on the water flow at Rainbow Falls. See this post showing photos based on varying rainfall levels.
Tomorrow, we’ll go further up the road to Pe’epe’e Falls and Boiling Pots. In the meantime, please enjoy this brief video of Rainbow Falls.
See this link for other great recommendations for things to see and do on Hawaii’s Big Island.