Viewpoints of geologic and scenic interest along Wailuku River. Boiling Pots is a succession of big pools connected by underground flow or cascades and whose waters roll and bubble as if boiling. The exposed hexagonal columns that line the pools were formed by the slow cooling of basalt lava. The 80-foot Rainbow Falls is renowned for the rainbow formed from its mist many mornings. Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.

nature trips
4 days ago

The trail to the top of the waterfall is hidden, look to your right!

Short but fun trail. Small swimming hole up top. Cool spot.

not a hike but a lovely, picturesque walk

hiking
21 days ago

Difficult to locate the trail head and any potentials of a trail are overgrown. Plus the signage, pic uploaded, is quite deterring.

The falls can be see from the trail that can be found.

walking
21 days ago

Get ready for some awesome views with little effort to get there. Parking is mega close and the pots and falls are worth seeing.
Did notice some folks trying to swim in the pools, but not recommended with all the signage, hefty fines.

walking
23 days ago

Awesomely full falls! A couple options for viewing, Enjoy!

on Wai'ale Falls Trail

24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is difficult to find. The entry is a small rocky hill between the 2 bridges marked with a "no swimming" style sign. Follow the trail down almost to the water, the trail will be up and to the right. It was obscured by some low branches that forced us to take off our packs and just about crawl under. After that, the trail was fun, narrow, and easy to follow. At the top you are rewarded with several 30'+ waterfalls and a large moonscape of rapids/waterfalls that you can explore. Awesome trail!

1 month ago

Not a hike but a very pretty view. Great place for someone who wants to see a beautiful waterfall but has mobility concerns.

The falls area beautiful, not a lot of water flowing on the day we went. Would enjoy seeing it again when the flow is higher.

1 month ago

Stopped here after Rainbow Falls, looks interesting but the water level was very low and there wasn’t much boiling going on.

This is not a hike but it is a pretty Falls. You cannot get down to the actual water. There are rails to prevent that.

Okay falls, no hiking allowed

3 months ago

Not very special. I guess it most rain a lot in order to make this river looking boiling.

No a hike, just a parking lot with a waterfall.

Amazing. looks like a popular access point for swimming at the base of the falls. Lots of locals at the bridge where everyone parked. you can hike past where the swimming hole is which takes you up to the falls you see from the bridge. if you take overgrown trails to the right off the main path you'll find a smaller set of falls. lovely hike, lots of careful climbing. I could see how someone can surprise you on this trail. A local hiker covered in tribal tats and carrying a backpack crossed paths with me while sitting at the edge of a tidepool. Was a Friendly type.

nature trips
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t consider it as much of a hike as it is a lookout. That said, worth the stop. Please stay on the main trail, as you could be fined for walking off, but more importantly it keeps you and the local ecosystem safe. The right is wheelchair friendly, the left requires stairs (the right is a better view of the falls anyways). There is a bathroom and seems highly trafficked, but it was easy for us to take pictures around the people.

walking
5 months ago

Beautiful overlook. This is a two level overlook - there is no trail at all.

Easy waterfall, just walk out of the parking lot to see it. Cool Banyan trees at the top of the falls.

on Rainbow Falls Lookout

walking
6 months ago

Quick and Easy walk with nice view of the fall and surrounding

Not hike - just a lookout point. You’ll see the beautiful rainbows if you arrive in the morning, when the sun is behind you.

Beautiful area & local folklore of the river explained on boards. Hiking area closed is though.

walking
7 months ago

5/27/2018-Not much of a hike, it’s more like a short walk. The parking lot is rather small considering the number of visitors and buses that park there.

walking
7 months ago

5/26/2018-It wasn’t a lazy river today! However not enough rain has fallen lately to get it to really boil either. Still, we enjoyed our visit!

It had been dry for a week so nothing really to see. Just peekaboo views of the river and the pots I imagine would have been really cool the day we left since it had rained for 24 hrs. It looks like there used to be a trail that would give you better views that was closed off.

The trail is hard to see and is across the street on the far side of the bridge. It's quite bushy and you can find you way ok. It skirts the river and one misstep could put you in the drink.

The falls are pretty. There is no real hike here although maybe in days past. All side trails towards the river were closed off with no entry permitted. I heeded the signs and did not go beyond the overlook. Same with Boiling pots.

walking
8 months ago

Cool falls. Seems like it rains all the time in Hilo though. Not a hike...you get out of your car and walk a path up to the overlook. Kid friendly, even saw some older people with canes making the walk up the rock path.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is not that accurate. Cross the bridge and park off the road and take the small trail going up the hill towards the waterfall. Do not take the trail going under the bridge

9 months ago

Best view of the day!

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