Just west of Downtown Hilo, Wailuku River State Park is home to the 80-foot Waianuene (Rainbow Falls) which is known for the rainbows that are formed in the surrounding mist. A tropical rain-forest climate with annual rainfall totals in excess of 10 feet.
LDS Members make up 5.63% % of the population of Hilo. The Kona Hawaii temple is the 70th operating temple completed in January 2000. In the state of Hawaii there are 69,872 members, 15 stakes, 124 wards, and 10 branches, and there is one mission.
The LDS church was established in the Hawaiian Islands in 1850.A new phase of development for Laie began when the sugar plantation of that name was purchased by George Nebeker, the president of the Hawaiian Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Latter-day Saints in Hawaii were then encouraged to move to this location. This purchase occurred in 1865. The first LDS Church missionaries to have success among the Hawaiians was George Q. Cannon.