By Buddy Blouin
Hiking can be a very rewarding experience. The reconnection with nature, the amazing views that you can discover, the wildlife, and more are all great reasons to get outdoors. There’s a lot to see, but sometimes, you deserve an Instagram-worthy view without all of the work. Hawaii is filled with wonderful trails and places in nature that make you work for it, but if you’re looking for a beautiful spot that will make your social feed glisten without you having to break much of a sweat, then the easy-to-visit Rainbow Falls Hawaii is the place for you.

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Where Is Rainbow Falls Hawaii?

You’ll find Rainbow Falls Hawaii on the northwest border of Hilo, Hawaii. Your GPS should take you right to it, and there is a parking lot. Just follow the road up Wainuenue Avenue then take a right when you get to Rainbow Drive. The falls are a very short walk away, providing you with a stunning view of one of the most beautiful features in Wailuku River State Park with minimal effort.

How Long Is the Hike to Rainbow Falls Hawaii?

To call this a hike would be an embellishment, as the total “trek” is about 0.1 miles. But that’s one of the beautiful things about Rainbow Falls in Hawaii. You get all of the beauty without having to go off too far. It’s a great option for those who have disabilities, as the falls are wheelchair accessible, providing a breathtaking view of nature that everyone can enjoy.

Can You Swim in Rainbow Falls Hawaii?

No. Unfortunately, while it may look like the perfect place right out of a Disney movie for taking a dip, it’s far too unsafe for swimming. There are nearby areas that allow for swimming, however, in the river above the falls. You’ll want to go when the water is calm, the weather is dry, and only when you are capable of doing so. Remember, this is a waterfall. Always exercise caution, follow local guidelines, and swim at your own risk without disturbing nature or endangering yourself and others.

The Best Time To Visit

Hawaii’s Rainbow Falls is a great experience no matter when you visit; however, if you're going to capture the beauty of its namesake, then morning is right for you. This open secret may also attract others hoping to catch a beautiful view of the prism, so be warned that this might not be the best time to go if you wish to be alone. Still, it’s worth it for this marvel of nature that delights your eyes and your soul with its stunning views.

Visit Rainbow Falls Hawaii

A visit to Rainbow Falls in Hawaii is a must for anyone staying at the various military bases in Hawaii, especially those serving at Pohakuloa Training Center. It’s around 34 miles away from the military installation, but the entirety of Hilo, HI, is worth the visit. Troops and their families will find that not only is Rainbow Falls Hawaii a popular draw in town, but there are also many other attractions involving nature, as well as local eateries, shops, museums, and more, nearby. Be sure to make a day of it and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors unique to the area.

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