Rainbow Falls, Big Island

This lovely, 80-ft plunge of the Wailuku River drains water runoff from both Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea lava flows, and feeds a turquoise pool surrounded by lush tropical greenery of the Big Island’s eastern (windward) slopes.  Even at only 28 miles, this is Hawaii’s longest river, and follows a steep gradient from the east slopes of Mauna Kea to Hilo Bay.  A small, accessory cascade also can be seen unsuccessfully trying to hide behind the vegetation at lower left.

Hilo HI (1 Jan 18) Looking WNW
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