Big Island Helicopter Waterfalls

While I’ve noted several Big Island Waterfalls on this website, there are still countless more. The vast majority of these waterfalls are concentrated on the windward…

Kulaniapia Falls

Kulaniapia Falls is a private waterfall on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea. It’s got a short walking path that leads to the inviting plunge pool at its base. There is also a bamboo…

Hiilawe Falls

Hiilawe Falls (or Hi’ilawe Falls) was once one of the tallest and mightiest waterfalls in all the islands of Hawai’i. With a cumulative drop of 1450ft, it’s the crown jewel…

Waiulili Falls

Waiulili Falls is the second of the ocean-bound waterfalls accessible via the sacred Waipi’o Valley (the other being Kaluahine Falls). Unlike Hi’ilawe Falls and Kaluahine…

Nanue Falls

Nanue Falls is really a series of waterfalls on the Nanua Stream. Just reaching a good view of one of the falls requires a very tricky and awkward scramble inside the…

“Hanapueo Falls” and “Lower Umauma Falls”

Both the Hanapueo Falls and the Lower Umauma Falls are visible from a bridge along Highway 19 just north of Hilo. You’ll have to watch for a pullout on the mauka…

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls is an attractive multi-tiered waterfall that frequents post cards as well as calendars. Visiting the falls is essentially a breeze…

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is a very popular waterfall near downtown Hilo. It has a large car park area and viewing area to see the falls in a ready-made post card setting…

Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls

Akaka Falls is a spectacular 420ft waterfall north of Hilo. It is the most attractive of the accessible waterfalls on the Big Island and therefore it is very popular…

Peepee Falls

Peepee Falls (or Pe’epe’e Falls) is a lesser known waterfall upstream from the popular Rainbow Falls near downtown Hilo. The public access viewing area at the…

Waiale Falls

Waiale Falls (or Wai’ale Falls) is a lesser known waterfall further upstream from both Pe’epe’e Falls and the popular Rainbow Falls near downtown Hilo. You can…

“Kolekole Falls”

“Kolekole Falls” is a name I’m using for this little cascade which can be a popular place for swimming as well as for rope swinging when the ocean is calm…

Onomea Falls

Onomea Falls is a cascading waterfall nestled in the Hawaii Tropical Botannical Garden on the 4-mile scenic drive through Onomea Bay. The main draw of the garden…