Pho­to­graph the Boil­ing Pots of Wailuku River

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - HILO/HAMAKUA COAST -

The Wailuku River is an 18-mile path of churn­ing, bub­bling, cascading water that is par­tic­u­larly fear­some dur­ing heavy rains. Wailuku means “wa­ters of de­struc­tion”—an apt moniker for this dan­ger­ous river, where con­cealed lava tubes are known to suck up sur­face water and cre­ate haz­ardous swim­ming con­di­tions.

Dur­ing the rainy sea­son, the river churns through a suc­ces­sion of seven or eight “pots,” cre­at­ing the ef­fect of a steam­ing Jacuzzi. Some of the river water flows be­neath a level of old lava, and then sud­denly bub­bles up as if it were boil­ing.

Boil­ing Pots is about two miles past Hilo Med­i­cal Cen­ter, on Wai‘anu­enue Drive. A sign to turn right onto Pe‘e Pe‘e Falls Street leads to the park­ing area above the river.

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