Wailuku River State Park


  • Iconic Rainbow Falls, a misty cascade with morning rainbows.
  • Pe'epe'e Falls and Boiling Pots showcase the river's power and geological features.
  • Historical Stone Bridge, built in 1908, adds a touch of nostalgia to the park's landscape.

Nestled near the vibrant city of Hilo on Hawaii's Big Island, Wailuku River State Park beckons with its verdant beauty and the captivating melody of the Wailuku River. This 67-acre oasis, woven from lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls, promises a captivating escape into the heart of Hawaiian nature.

A Symphony of Waterfalls

The undeniable star of Wailuku River State Park is the rainbow of waterfalls that punctuate its landscape.

  • Rainbow Falls (Waiānuenue Falls): The crown jewel, easily accessible from the parking lot, cascades 80 feet into a pool with vibrant rainbows forming on sunny mornings. Its name, Waiānuenue, translates to "rainbow water," a testament to its breathtaking beauty.[Image of Rainbow Falls (Waiānuenue Falls), Wailuku River State Park]
  • Peʻepeʻe Falls: Further upstream, Peʻepeʻe Falls ("cascading water") spills into a series of terraced pools known as the Boiling Pots. Hike the Peʻepeʻe Falls Trail for mesmerizing views and a chance to witness the power of nature.[Image of Peʻepeʻe Falls, Wailuku River State Park]
  • Waiʻoli Falls: Hidden deep within the park, Waiʻoli Falls ("sacred water") offers a secluded reward for adventurous hikers. The challenging Waiʻoli Falls Trail leads to this majestic 80-foot cascade, a true hidden gem of the park.[Image of Waiʻoli Falls, Wailuku River State Park]

Beyond the Waterfalls

Wailuku River State Park offers more than just cascading waterfalls. Explore the lush rainforest on scenic trails, like the Kakuhiwakou Trail, which winds through fern-draped gulches and offers glimpses of ancient petroglyphs. Relax beneath the shade of towering banyan trees and listen to the symphony of birdsong. Take a dip in the Wailuku River's refreshing waters (always stay informed about safety conditions before swimming).

A Cultural Tapestry

Wailuku River State Park is steeped in Hawaiian history and tradition. Learn about the island's cultural heritage at the park's interpretive signs and exhibits. Discover ancient heiau (temples) hidden within the rainforest, silent reminders of a bygone era. Immerse yourself in the island's spirit and respect the sacredness of this land.

A Haven for All

Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a first-time visitor to Hawaii, Wailuku River State Park has something for everyone. Hike through verdant rainforests, swim in refreshing pools, marvel at cascading waterfalls, and connect with the island's vibrant spirit.

Unforgettable Encounters

Wailuku River State Park is more than just a park; it's a portal to paradise. Come and discover the breathtaking beauty of its waterfalls, explore its verdant rainforests, and immerse yourself in the island's rich culture. Let the power of nature captivate you, the melody of the waterfalls lull you into serenity, and the spirit of Hawaii touch your soul. Wailuku River State Park awaits, ready to weave its magic into your Hawaiian adventure.

2-198 Rainbow Dr.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 587-0400





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Entrance Fee : None