Waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii are some of the world's finest. We both agree the Big Island is collectively home to some of the best falls in Hawaii as well, especially when it comes to what really makes a waterfall a waterfall - height.
The Big Island is home to some of the tallest falls in the state. Below we've included links to several of the best waterfalls on the Big Island, most of which you can actually see without a helicopter (all falls visible from the air only are noted). And while you can certainly get to some of these places on your own, a great way to seee the highlights is by booking a Big Island Tour with the Volcano Van.
On the list of Big Island of Hawaii waterfalls below, we've included the height of the falls when possible, a rank (out of 5 stars), noted if it's a seasonal falls (dry in summer or too heavy of a flow in winter), and included any additional access information as necessary. If you think you've located a Big Island waterfall we've mistakenly left off this list, by all means please contact us and we'll make sure it's added. Be sure to also check out all the waterfalls in Hawaii on our Hawaii Waterfalls page.
Akaka Falls ----Height: 422ft | Season: All | Access: Short paved trail | Rating:
Pe'epe'e Falls ----Height: Approx. 60ft | Season: Year round | Access: Paved trail | Rating:
Rainbow Falls ----Height: Approx. 80ft | Season: Varies in flow | Access: Next to parking lot | Rating:
Umauma Falls (Inside Garden - requires admission charge) ----Height: Approx. 40ft per fall (tiered) | Season: Year round | Access: Via Overlook | Rating:
Hi'ilawe Falls (Visible only from within Waipio Valley) ----Height: 1200-1600ft | Season: Year round | Access: Via valley road | Rating:
Wai'ilikahi Falls (Visible only from within remote Waimanu Valley) ----Height: Approx. 1080ft | Season: Year round | Access: Via difficult trail/helicopter tour | Rating:
Onomea Falls (Inside Garden - requires admission charge) ----Height: Approx. 20-30ft (tiered) | Season: Year round | Access: Along trail in garden | Rating: