Looking for Hawaiian rainbows? It’s right in your back yard

Kyle Kawai blows fire during a Big Island Shaolin Arts and Yau Gong Society lion dance outside Basically Books in Downtown Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
Isabela De La Cruz, 6, plays on the playground at Lincoln Park in downtown Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
A couple huddles under an umbrella as they cross a soggy Haili Street in downtown Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald, file)
A surfer prepares to take advantage of a northeast swell Wednesday in Hilo Bayfront. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
Rainbow falls in Hilo can have very dangerous currents after a heavy rain. (TIM WRIGHT / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER)
Rainbow Falls rages with rainwater on Nov. 30 in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — The first time you fly into the Kona Coast, you’ll be struck by two things: the nearly relentless sunshine (moderated by volcanic smoke that locals call “vog”) and the vast, barren fields of black lava rock stretching northward, more testimony to this island’s active volcanoes.