Rainbow Falls State Park, Hawaii

Rainbow Falls! The name conjures up vivid imagery. I had imagined a large waterfall, resplendent in its cascading glory, and a huge rainbow framing it end to end. Gentle reader, I will have to let you down. For I didn’t get to see any rainbow in Rainbow falls.

We were in Hilo, Big Island, in the “Old Hawaiian Bed and Breakfast”, which was very close to the rainbow falls state park, so on the day we were leaving Hilo, we decide to go see the Rainbow falls and the so called “Boiling Pots”. These two places were within a mile of each other, and, in fact, on the same Wailuku river.

Rainbow falls is 80 feet high, small as waterfalls go. Its quite pretty, no doubt, even when not framed by any rainbows. It flows over a lava cave, for underneath the ledge there is a gaping opening which vanishes in the darkness, as far as I could see. Legend has it that the cave is the abode of Hawaiian goddess Hina.

Rainbow falls at Hilo, Hawaii

Rainbow falls at Hilo, Hawaii

You can take a short trail up to the upper reaches of the falls, where there is another lookout. The striking feature there is a collection of rather large trees. The river upstream of the falls looked rather calm. I suspect that after a huge downpour it may look rather different, though.

At upper Rainbow falls lookout

At upper Rainbow falls lookout

We also went to see the “Boiling Pots”, about a mile upstream. This is where the river gets all frothy passing through some minor lava gorges.

Boiling pots in Hilo, Hawaii

Boiling pots in Hilo, Hawaii

There were some tourists there, enjoying the beautiful scenery. Some kind souls took a picture of us for the records.

R, M and A at the Boiling Pots, Hilo

R, M and A at the Boiling Pots, Hilo

If you don’t have that much time in Big Island, you may as well give these two attractions a miss. They do not measure up either in scale, or beauty, to other Hawaii water shows, such as the Akaka falls.



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Life is how you see it. A long time ago, when I used to look at life through my eyes wide open, I saw it all at the same time. The order, and the clutter. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Something changed over the last few years as I have started looking through the constraining frame of a camera viewfinder. The world is suddenly a different place. I am beginning to see things I didn’t know existed. I am able to find beauty in strange things.

There so much to see in this world.

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