Best waterfalls in Island of Hawai'i

Check out the top waterfalls in Island of Hawai'i, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
1. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
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125 local reviews
Akaka Falls Rd, Honomu
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 808-961-9540
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Jaan & Saima
Akaka Falls State Park is located 11 miles north of Hilo along the old Mamalahoa highway. The 422 foot…
Lorie
At Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls…
Rachel
Stunning waterfall. There is a parking fee if you use the parking lot, but if there is space you can park…
1. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
1. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
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125 local reviews
Akaka Falls Rd, Honomu
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 808-961-9540
Jaan & Saima
Jaan & Saima
Akaka Falls State Park is located 11 miles north of Hilo along the old Mamalahoa highway. The 422 foot waterfall is stunning and certainly…
Lorie
Lorie
At Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. The pleasant…
Rachel
Rachel
Stunning waterfall. There is a parking fee if you use the parking lot, but if there is space you can park outside. A short hike takes you…
2. Rainbow Falls
2. Rainbow Falls
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83 local reviews
Rainbow Falls, Hilo
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Olivia
Rainbow Falls, or “Waianuenue,” which means “rainbow (seen in) water is located near Greenwillmind. The…
Shalei
Breathtaking, especially after a hard rain! Look for the beaten path that tourists and locals alike take to…
Renee
Rainbow Falls is great because it's a beautiful waterfall that you can see right in town! Be sure to walk up…
2. Rainbow Falls
2. Rainbow Falls
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83 local reviews
Rainbow Falls, Hilo
Olivia
Olivia
Rainbow Falls, or “Waianuenue,” which means “rainbow (seen in) water is located near Greenwillmind. The waterfall is so named because at…
Shalei
Shalei
Breathtaking, especially after a hard rain! Look for the beaten path that tourists and locals alike take to get down to the pools and take a…
Renee
Renee
Rainbow Falls is great because it's a beautiful waterfall that you can see right in town! Be sure to walk up the rock stairway when you're…
3. Waipio Valley
3. Waipio Valley
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75 local reviews
Waipio Valley
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Sherry & David
Located on the northern Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I,…
Anthony
VALLEY A magnificent hike into what I call the Napali Coast of the Big Island. A one and a half hour drive…
Garrett
This beautiful valley with a long black sand beach is one of the highlights of a visit to the Big Island. If…
3. Waipio Valley
3. Waipio Valley
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75 local reviews
Waipio Valley
Sherry & David
Sherry & David
Located on the northern Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I, and an important center for…
Anthony
Anthony
VALLEY A magnificent hike into what I call the Napali Coast of the Big Island. A one and a half hour drive north of Hilo to the town of…
Garrett
Garrett
This beautiful valley with a long black sand beach is one of the highlights of a visit to the Big Island. If you have 4x4 (not all wheel…
4. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
4. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
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24 local reviews
Akaka Falls Rd, Honomu
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 808-961-9540
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Lynn And Clay
Now to see this waterfall you will need to have a car! You will need to drive all the way up to see this…
Jason
Akaka Falls is a must see for visitors to the Hilo area. The huge 400ft falls is a tremendous site to see…
Jill
There is a nice trail to hike around to see this waterfall. I also like to stop in the little town that you…
4. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
4. ʻAkaka Falls State Park
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24 local reviews
Akaka Falls Rd, Honomu
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 808-961-9540
Lynn And Clay
Lynn And Clay
Now to see this waterfall you will need to have a car! You will need to drive all the way up to see this beautiful tall waterfall! Makes me…
Jason
Jason
Akaka Falls is a must see for visitors to the Hilo area. The huge 400ft falls is a tremendous site to see. Amazingly it is only one of…
Jill
Jill
There is a nice trail to hike around to see this waterfall. I also like to stop in the little town that you drive through and see all the…
5. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
5. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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55 local reviews
27-717 Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 808-964-5233
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Karla
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a museum of living plants that attracts photographers, gardeners,…
Kristin
Even if you cant make it to the gardens at least take a drive along the 4 mile scenic route that takes you to…
Andrea
This place is one of best collections of tropical plants and flowers in the most beautiful settings with real,…
5. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
5. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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55 local reviews
27-717 Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 808-964-5233
Karla
Karla
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a museum of living plants that attracts photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists, and nature…
Kristin
Kristin
Even if you cant make it to the gardens at least take a drive along the 4 mile scenic route that takes you to this spot near Onomea bay…
Andrea
Andrea
This place is one of best collections of tropical plants and flowers in the most beautiful settings with real, natural waterfalls. Also this…
6. Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
6. Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
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38 local reviews
48-5546 Waipio Valley Rd, Waimea
+1 808-961-8311
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Lorie
Gorgeous overlook of Waipio Valley. This fertile valley is about one mile across and over five-miles deep, and…
Heather
Breathtaking sacred valley. There is a lookout, or if physically fit one can hike down into the valley where…
Amanda
Spectacular views of the valley below. You can continue down this 25% grade road into the valley if you've got…
6. Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
6. Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
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38 local reviews
48-5546 Waipio Valley Rd, Waimea
+1 808-961-8311
Lorie
Lorie
Gorgeous overlook of Waipio Valley. This fertile valley is about one mile across and over five-miles deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to…
Heather
Heather
Breathtaking sacred valley. There is a lookout, or if physically fit one can hike down into the valley where there are wild horses, a black…
Amanda
Amanda
Spectacular views of the valley below. You can continue down this 25% grade road into the valley if you've got 4x4, or are willing to walk…
7. ‘Akaka Falls
7. ‘Akaka Falls
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8 local reviews
‘Akaka Falls
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Mei
Akaka Falls is a spectacular 420ft waterfall and is certainly one of the most attractive of the accessible…
Adrian
Hike 0.4 miles over a running creek, through lush tropical forest with spectacular views of Kahuna and 'Akaka…
Nicholas
420 ft waterfall. $5 per car $1 per person. Beautiful scenic short hike to viewing.
7. ‘Akaka Falls
7. ‘Akaka Falls
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8 local reviews
‘Akaka Falls
Mei
Mei
Akaka Falls is a spectacular 420ft waterfall and is certainly one of the most attractive of the accessible waterfalls on the Big Island. Not…
Adrian
Adrian
Hike 0.4 miles over a running creek, through lush tropical forest with spectacular views of Kahuna and 'Akaka waterfalls! Easy access, good…
Nicholas
Nicholas
420 ft waterfall. $5 per car $1 per person. Beautiful scenic short hike to viewing.
8. Boiling Pots
8. Boiling Pots
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17 local reviews
Boiling Pots, Hilo
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Ryan & Alexa
Gorgeous river and series of waterfalls with a scenic overlook. About 7-10 minute drive from the Loft.
Timothy
Easily accessible waterfalls in Hilo - nice for a quick visit and/or a picnic.
Nora
Waterfall and naturally carved out swimming holes at Wailuku River State Park.
8. Boiling Pots
8. Boiling Pots
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17 local reviews
Boiling Pots, Hilo
Ryan & Alexa
Ryan & Alexa
Gorgeous river and series of waterfalls with a scenic overlook. About 7-10 minute drive from the Loft.
Timothy
Timothy
Easily accessible waterfalls in Hilo - nice for a quick visit and/or a picnic.
Nora
Nora
Waterfall and naturally carved out swimming holes at Wailuku River State Park.
9. Rainbow Falls
9. Rainbow Falls
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13 local reviews
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David
This waterfall is in Hilo, with easy access and a parking lot. Be sure to walk up the stairs to find an…
Nora
Witness this striking 80-foot waterfall in a gorge blanketed in dense tropical foliage.
Cathryn
Just beautiful, amazing huge tropical plants, in addition to a lovely waterfall.
9. Rainbow Falls
9. Rainbow Falls
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13 local reviews
David
David
This waterfall is in Hilo, with easy access and a parking lot. Be sure to walk up the stairs to find an AMAZING banyan tree grove.
Nora
Nora
Witness this striking 80-foot waterfall in a gorge blanketed in dense tropical foliage.
Cathryn
Cathryn
Just beautiful, amazing huge tropical plants, in addition to a lovely waterfall.
10. Waipio Valley Lookout
10. Waipio Valley Lookout
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26 local reviews
Waipio Valley Lookout, Kukuihaele
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Mickayla
Absolutely beautiful part of the island... if you have a 4x4 vehicle I recommend driving down (only if you're…
Priscilla
Beautiful waterfalls. We recommend joining a tour group to go down into the valley to avoid having to drive…
Val
You can walk down, rent 4x4 or book a horse or atv tour. It's a secluded valley with lo'i kalo, waterfalls,…
10. Waipio Valley Lookout
10. Waipio Valley Lookout
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26 local reviews
Waipio Valley Lookout, Kukuihaele
Mickayla
Mickayla
Absolutely beautiful part of the island... if you have a 4x4 vehicle I recommend driving down (only if you're comfortable doing so... the…
Priscilla
Priscilla
Beautiful waterfalls. We recommend joining a tour group to go down into the valley to avoid having to drive the steep, perilous incline…
Val
Val
You can walk down, rent 4x4 or book a horse or atv tour. It's a secluded valley with lo'i kalo, waterfalls, black sand beach, horses roaming…
11. Hilo
11. Hilo
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30 local reviews
Hilo, Hilo
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Shannon
Hilo is the capital of the Big Island and lies on the windward (East) side of the Island. This is the rainy…
Kaeo & Karl
We LOVE Hilo. Blessed with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rain forests & blooming gardens, a geographic flip…
Polestar
Waterfalls, shopping, beautiful Hilo Bay
11. Hilo
11. Hilo
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30 local reviews
Hilo, Hilo
Shannon
Shannon
Hilo is the capital of the Big Island and lies on the windward (East) side of the Island. This is the rainy side on all Hawaiian islands and…
Kaeo & Karl
Kaeo & Karl
We LOVE Hilo. Blessed with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rain forests & blooming gardens, a geographic flip side to Kona. Museums, art,…
Polestar
Polestar
Waterfalls, shopping, beautiful Hilo Bay
12. Umauma Falls and Zipline Experience
12. Umauma Falls and Zipline Experience
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17 local reviews
31-313 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 808-930-9477
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Kristin
Zip line or not, this spot is beautiful. If you're planning a trip to Hilo along the Hamakua coast, and its…
Leith
A must for the adrenaline enthusiast. Ziplining over beautiful waterfalls and tropical jungle.
12. Umauma Falls and Zipline Experience
12. Umauma Falls and Zipline Experience
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17 local reviews
31-313 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 808-930-9477
Kristin
Kristin
Zip line or not, this spot is beautiful. If you're planning a trip to Hilo along the Hamakua coast, and its been raining as it often does,…
Leith
Leith
A must for the adrenaline enthusiast. Ziplining over beautiful waterfalls and tropical jungle.