Hilo's famed waterfall runs dry

Rainbow Falls Runs Dry
Published: Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:24 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:25 PM HST
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Photo on right taken by Paul Miyasaki
Photo on right taken by Paul Miyasaki

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - An unusual sight on the Big Island, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world has dried up.

At Rainbow Falls in Hilo tourists and locals alike, usually witness the deafening sound of the 80-foot waterfall as it rushes into a large pool below. The falls is usually 100 feet in width.

Hilo resident Paul Miyasaki says it is the first time in recent memory that the famous falls has run dry.  Miyasaki took video of the waterless fall.

Rainbow Falls is renowned for the rainbow formed from its mist.

National Weather Service Hydrologist Kevin Kodama says that he isn't optimistic that the falls will come back anytime soon, "with October and November being so dry it's going to take quite a bit of rain to make up that difference."

A recent National Weather Service report stated that below average rainfall on The Big Island has so far not produced significant impacts over the windward sections of the island "though this will change if rainfall fails to increase soon."

Nearly all of the gauges on the Big Island reported below average totals for the month October with many at less than 40 percent of average.

Most of the gages on the Big Island had below average rainfall totals for 2012 through the end of October.  Year-to-date totals for a majority of the leeward gages remained at less than 50 percent of average.

As of late Wednesday afternoon video has been posted on the Hawaii News Now Facebook page showing water flowing from Rainbow Falls. If you head to the falls tell us what you see!

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