Dominating the area are the volcanos and Volcano National Park is a must see for anyone visiting this area. It is constantly changing and there are so many fascinating aspects about it - seeing an active lava flow (after dark) is pretty special as is a walk inside the volcano crater. Thurston lava tube is another beautiful site with lush ferns surrounding it and dripping water inside this tube that was formed by an old lava flow.
Fondest memory: Mostly when I am away from Hilo I miss the friendly people - they really care about you. Smiles from the locals - smile at them and they always smile back. I miss the peace and quiet of my home in the country above Hilo town and I miss the many areas where Surf and Land come together to form breathtaking vistas.
Favorite thing: We took a helicopter tour of the volcano and this was one of the things that I really really loved. I would recommend something like this to anyone who visits the Big Island.