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Waterfalls from the H3

Driving through the rain in East Oahu, Hawaii

No rain, no rainbows.

Waterfalls off the windward Koolaus, Oahu, Hawaii

No rain, no waterfalls.

Viewing waterfalls from the H3, Oahu, Hawaii

We got some torrential rain last week in Hawaii. When it rains this hard, hundreds of waterfalls appear across our mountain ranges. One well known way to see this incredible sight is to drive the H3 highway. On the windward (East) side of the tunnel, you can see this view.

Waterfalls in Hawaii viewed from the H3 in Kaneohe, Oahu.

Waterfalls flowing off the Koolau Mountains as seen from the H3. Oahu, Hawaii.

It was absolutely pouring and we happened to be driving up the H3 last weekend. For the waterfalls to be flowing this hard, it has to be dumping. And, since these waterfalls are simply drainage chutes, when the rain is gone, they dry up pretty fast. But, if you get lucky and catch it at the right moment, you can be treated to some majestic views.

And of course, if you are the driver, please be safe and responsible. There are other places to catch this view. You don’t have to be on the highway.

This story was last modified on May 18, 2013. (Originally published in March 2012.)

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