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  • 1. Waterfalls

    I had previously visited Rainbow Falls during a trip to the Big Island many years ago. In 2013, my wife and I visited Hilo and took a local tour which brought us to Rainbow Falls. Rainbow Falls is a...

  • 2. Helicopter Rides

    We went out on the pier to meet with our group. A black dude came into the terminal and weighed us on a scale. The rules said that if you were over 250 lbs that you would be charged extra. My grandson...

  • 3. Tropical Botanical Gardens

    This was our last stop on the way back to the ship after the afternoon tour. I enjoyed walking around and taking photos of the flowers. We really couldn't take any flowers back with is though so I...

  • 4. Big Island Candies Factory

    On the afternoon tour, our driver Rob took us to a candy company where we could see candy being made and we bought some. I don't remember what we bought and we ate it before we got back to the...

  • 5. Hula Festival

    Every year in April, Hilo becomes over run with hula fanatics from around the globe. Some cities honor potatoes, chili, raspberries, tofu, or even bull testicles. Hilo honors hula for a week. The...

  • 6. Lili'uokalani Gardens

    On Banyan Drive, right next to the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, there is a quanit Japanese garden, dedicated to Queen Lili'uokalani, who loved gardens. This offered a nice, short stroll from the hotel (about...

  • 7. Banyan Drive

    Banyan Drive See the Banyan Trees that Fannie Hurst and Amelia Earhart planted in the 1930's Walk or bike around the peninsula Play golf! Walk to Coconut Island Take a horse carriage ride See a...

  • 8. Lyman House Museum

    On the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built by David and Sarah Lyman, who had been sent to the Island kingdom of Hawaii as missionaries for...

  • 9. Onomea Bay

    Onomea Bay is considered to be the prettiest stretch of the Big Island Coastline and I can agree with that statement. I have driven this scenic road before and...

  • 10. Akatsuka Orchids

    Akatsuka Orchid Gardens is located on the way to see the volcanoes.If you’re planning a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, stop by to see their display...

  • 11. Tsumami Museum

    In 1946 and again in 1960 Hilo was hit with destructive tsunamis. While they pale in comparison to the recent one in Indonesia, they had a big impact on the...


    Great history lesson. Good curated walking tour thru mission house. There are stairs. Nice activity for a rainy day in Hilo. Built in 1839 by David and Sarah...

  • 13. Kilouea and Volcano National Park

    This is probably the only national park in the world that has an active (I mean really active) volcano. If the timing is right, you maybe able to see flowing...

  • 14. Exotic bites at the Hilo Farmer's Market

    The Hilo Farmer's Market has lots of fresh produce and many of the items are exotics that you wouldn't find on the US mainland. It was fun just looking at all...

  • 15. Hilo Farmers Market

    Every wednesday and Saturday, from dawn to dark, is the infamous Hilo Farmers Market nestled in the heart of the historic center. Here over 200 local farmers...

  • 16. Pacific Tsunami Museum

    The Pacific Tsunami Museum is a non-profit run organization spreading the awareness and preparedness for the natural disaster of the tsunami. They believe...

  • 17. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Two of the most active volcanoes in the world lie within its boundaries. Hawaii Volcanos National Park is located 45 minute drive from Hilo. For the past 20...

  • 18. Pahoa

    Down the Puna Coast about 12 miles from Hilo is the small laid back town of Pahoa.This started out as a logging town, the theater claims to be the oldest one in...

  • 19. Onomea Bay

    There is a very scenic drive about 7 miles north of Hilo. On the highway it is posted Scenic Drive.The narrow 2 lane road has many turns and it is best to go...

  • 20. Punaluu black-sand beach

    For a unique experience, go see the black sand beach and watch the green turtles basking.The turtles feed on the algae that flourishes in the brackish waters....

  • 21. Onekahakaha Beach Park

    This park has rocky tidepools along the coast. Beautiful blooming trees and a great place for a swim. We liked to go there standing on the rocks looking for the...

  • 22. Take a walk downtown

    Downtown Hilo has a lot to offer if you appreciate small shops and like to see something besides chain stores and restaurants. Hilo has a special history and...

  • 23. Farmer's Market

    I used to hate when my parents forced me to go here with them. It was tiring spending a couple of hours haggling with Filipino immigrants over stuff you can buy...

  • 24. Kalakaua Park

    King Kalakaua was the last king in the Hawaiian dynasty (Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarch). He was the second ruler who was not a part of the Kamehameha...

  • 25. EK Fernandez Hawaii County Fair

    The Hawaii (Big Island) County Fair is one of the few times of the year Hilo really lights up. Most of the time, Hilo's quite dead to say the least. Legend has...

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