How to Take a Day Trip to Wailuku River State Park (+ Map)

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This is a quick guide to the gorgeous Wailuku River State Park, home of the notable (and jaw-dropping) Rainbow Falls on the Big Island.

Please let us know if you have any questions or tips in the comments!

Planning your Rainbow Falls trip last minute?

Here are some tours that will take you there, along with some other cool sights!

Tours that go to Rainbow Falls and Wailuku River SP:

Big Island in a Day: Waterfalls, Volcanoes, & More (bestseller!)
Hawaii Island Grand Circle Island Tour
Coffee, Wine, Waterfalls, and Hamakua Coast
Big Island Tour: Hilo Tour with Waterfall

About Wailuku River State Park

One of the most popular state parks on the Big Island is Wailuku River State Park, a park that is comprised of two renowned attractions – Rainbow Falls and the Boiling Pots.

Rainbow Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls on the Big Island and the 80-foot waterfall was named because of the rainbow that forms when the sun is shining at around 10am daily.

Wailuku River State Park - Rainbow Falls
Wailuku River State Park – Rainbow Falls

There is a legend associated with the sight and it is said that the ancient Hawaiian goddess, Hina, lived in a cave below the waterfall.

The Boiling Pots are the other well-known place to visit in Wailuku River State Park and they are spacious pools that are have connected cascades that look like they are boiling as a result of their flow patterns.

Wailuku River State Park travel guide
Wailuku River State Park travel guide

They were formed by cooling lava and are truly representative of the volcanic activity of the Big Island of Hawaii.

How to Get to Wailuku River State Park

Wailuku River State Park is located close to Hilo and is a fantastic day trip from there. To reach Rainbow Falls and the park, you will need to drive west on Waianuene Avenue to the Hawaii state park. From there, you will have a chance to easily see the waterfall.

Map to Rainbow Falls
Click here to see the interactive map to Wailuku River State Park

What to See in Wailuku River State Park

The two main attractions are Rainbow Falls and the Boiling Pots, but Peepee Falls is also a very exciting place to visit within the park.

Wailuku River State Park - Peepee Falls
Wailuku River State Park – Peepee Falls

This is the waterfall that feeds the Boiling Pots and to find it, you will need to travel along the Wailuku River until you come upon the terraced pools. The hike is easy and you’ll pass through some banyan trees and other local flora.

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Wailuku River State Park Boiling Pots

Please note that visitors are not permitted to swim anywhere in the park. It is very dangerous to swim there.

You do not need much time to visit the falls and park – only around 30 minutes.

Wailuku River State Park Admission Price

Rainbow Falls and Wailuku River State Park are free to enter.

To find out more about visiting Wailuku River State Park, please check out their official website.

Places to Visit Near Wailuku River State Park

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