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 an 80-100ft waterfall on private property by the Inn at Kulaniapia on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea near Hilo, accessible to lodge guests.

Hiilawe Falls

Hiilawe Falls (or Hi’ilawe Falls) was once one of the mightiest waterfalls in all the islands of Hawai’i with a cumulative drop of 1450ft in Waipi’o Valley.

Waiulili Falls

Waiulili Falls is an ocean-bound waterfall accessible via the sacred Waipi’o Valley (another being Kaluahine Falls) reached by a sketchy coastal scramble.

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls is a 300ft multi-tiered waterfall that frequents post cards as well as calendars. It sits on private land along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.

Nanue Falls

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

“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…

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is a convenient and popular 80ft year-round waterfall on the Wailuku River near downtown Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii with a trail to its top.

Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls

Akaka Falls is a 420-442ft waterfall north of Hilo on the Hamakua Coast in its own state park. It’s accessed by a short trail that also includes Kahuna Falls.

Peepee Falls

Peepee Falls (or Pe’epe’e Falls) is a 50-60ft waterfall upstream from the Boiling Pots in the Wailuku River State Park near downtown Hilo on the Big Island.

Waiale Falls

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

“Kolekole Falls”

Kolekole Falls is a name I’m using for this little cascade which can be a popular swimming hole in Kolekole Beach Park when the stream and oceans are calm.

Onomea Falls

Onomea Falls is a waterfall nestled in the Hawaii Tropical Botannical Garden, which also has Boulder Creek Falls. The garden is on a drive around Onomea Bay.