Hilo Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 75%Budget Travelers
- 68%Green Travelers
- 67%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 62%Family Travelers
- 61%Adventure Travelers
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- HiloMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Feb 01, 2014
Hilo is small and quaint but manageable much better for living in than touring. I've spent much of the past year that I've been in Hawaii living in Hilo. I love the warm days sprinkled with intermittent rain to keep the temperatures from getting unbearably hot. For me the weather is perfect!Recommended for:
- HiloMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 06, 2013
The downtown area is quaint and right out of the 60s / 70s. Home to a number of mom and pop businesses, including coffee shops and restaurants. Parking is easy and the area is easily navigated on foot.Recommended for:
- HiloMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 20, 2013
This workaday port town is a relief from the Kona resorts on the other side of the Big Island. Love getting up early here and running out to Coconut Island for the panoramic bay views, then heading downtown to the farmers market. Or just hanging out with friends after dark, catching an indie flick or a live-music show at the Palace Theater. Downtown also has some cool boutique shops for island-made art, clothing and food (ex. Two Ladies Kitchen mochi, Tropical Dreams ice cream). It's a totally chill scene.Recommended for:
- HiloMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsAdventure TravelersOct 16, 2013
I love living near Hilo. Located about 12 miles from our VRBO. It's has a small town vibe, although the largest town on the Island. It's not fancy but it has everything you need. It's not real touristy so there aren't lots of fancy restaurants or sights to see around town, but it has a laid back type of charm and several well priced local restaurants. Here are my favorite Hilo things to do:
#1 - Hilo farmers market (go on Weds and Sats for the best experience)
#2 - Coconut Island / Liliuokalani gardens
#3 - Tsunami Museum
#4 - Big Island Candies (yummy)Recommended for:
- HiloMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 05, 2012
Small town Hawaii!
Facing Hilo Bay, this city has survived earthquakes and tsunamis. It's one of the rainiest cities in the US, but it's not gloomy. The rains are usually light and brief, and can be refreshing on a hot day.
There are beaches and parks to enjoy, restaurants, shopping, and even a farmer's market. You'll also find a rainforest zoo and Mauna Loa macadamias here!
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