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.

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

walking
24 days 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.

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
1 month 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
2 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

hiking
3 months ago

Please don't "climb over the rocks" to get a better view. We have had rain here everyday for over a month. I work across the street- the river is fast and high.

Quick and easy view. Not really a hike at all. Except to go up the stairs to see it from the top.

I'm sure this is a beautiful trail, but I also don't want to get abducted while trying to see it.

I was about to begin the trail with my mom, when a car pulled over by where I was parked and the two locals inside kindly advised us against it. The man told us that a young man had been abducted in the last few weeks while hiking this trail, and although the views were lovely, that it was the type of area where people could hide and catch you if you weren't well-guarded. He mentioned that a group or burly-looking guy could probably manage, but not two ladies. Shame to be a woman at times like these.

Paying it forward - hopefully no one else gets hurt here.

Beautiful lookout over the falls! The lookout is really close to the parking lot, so not really a hike. You can head up a staircase and climb over some rocks to see the falls from the top, I would definitely recommend doing that.

Amazing waterfalls! Water drops down almost vertically.

So much to see! After you stop at the overload to see the waterfall, drive on past the the actual lookout and park at the next pull off area on the left. Cross the road into the wooden area...unbelievable trees-beyond description! Excellent for kids (& adults) to play on. Continue on through a narrow pathway to find a path to a swimming area-gorgeous! You can't see the waterfall from here. In fact, it was all so beautiful, we forgot to go back to see the waterfall but didn't even care.

5 months ago

Not a hike an overlook and you can take the hidden trails to the tide pools.

5 months ago

A little muddy and overgrown. Some lookouts aren’t solid ground so look before stepping. Beautiful at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Make sure you bring your swimsuit!

Beautiful falls. Not really a hike, but an overlook. Very popular.

Hardly a hike, but beautiful rainbows!

Pretty falls, but not really a hike- more of a very populated overlook. None the less, the falls were beautiful.

Not a hike, but an easily accessible quick stop to a beautiful waterfall, so definitety worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Drive up photo op spot. The banyan at the top was incredible.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The falls are nice, if the water is clear, but, this is not a hike. It is a walk from the parking lot. Good for people who don't hike but want to see waterfalls.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

beautiful and super convenient!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful falls ! You just need to park the car and enjoy them ! You should go around 9am because the sun rises just at the good spot to see rainbows !

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nice falls ! You just have to park before or after the bridge and you will see the falls. We didn't take the trail to go upper falls but you can see them really well from the bridge !

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Gorgeous, pungent white ginger lines the trail up to the top of the falls. Super easy to navigate. Make sure to bring reef shoes, and a bathing suit so you can wade in the pools at the top of the falls. I was bummed that I wasn't prepared.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A little more overgrown, and our day was completely a rain day so it was muddy. But the view is great from the top.

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Hot and crowded, but still...it Hawaii

Saturday, August 06, 2016

beautiful falls,go off trail and you'll find a spot were you can go swimming,water had deep spot as well as many sallow spot.if you do go off trail there's another wonderful water full behind but you have to cross the water and climb the rock to see it.a vine area some locals were swinging off of to the water.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Not a hike but still definitely worth going. Short walk to the top where you can stand on top of the waterfall. In addition to the waterfall there were awesome trees.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Really just a pretty picture with a short walk from be parking lot to the edge of the waterfall. It's not a hike and not even the best waterfall I've seen in Hawaii.

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