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    Local Culture
  • 75%
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  • 68%
    Green Travelers
  • 67%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 62%
    Family Travelers
  • 61%
    Adventure Travelers
  • 56%
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  • 56%
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  • HiloPro 2014
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Aug 09, 2014

    This is town on the green side of the island. The drive north to the Hamakua Coast is amazing, and you can also easily access the volcano from here via boat, plane, or helicopter.

    Recommended for:Local Culture
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  • HiloPro 2014
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    5 Feb 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:Budget TravelersGreen TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • HiloPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    3 Nov 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.

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  • HiloPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 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:BackpackersBudget TravelersFamily TravelersLocal Culture
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    Brandi N
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    5 Oct 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:Budget TravelersGreen TravelersLGBTLocal Culture
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  • HiloPro 2014
    Andrea L
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    5 Jul 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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    Zorka V
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    3 Jun 13, 2013

    Not much to see. It is good to stop by but I do not recommend staying here. It is quite dead.

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    Patrick Green
    4 Apr 20, 2013
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    Seren Maui
    4 Jan 12, 2013

    Wet! But interesting and beautiful.

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    Susan Baker-Haynes
    5 Nov 27, 2012
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    Julia Calkins
    5 Oct 15, 2012

    A trip to the Kilowea Crater is a must, also a walk through the lava tube.

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    Taytum Kimura
    5 Oct 12, 2012
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    Puujeeshok Mogj
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    hi

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    Kathy Schierholzer Walls Mogen
    4 Jun 23, 2012
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  • Hilo
    Malia Yoshioka
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    5 Nov 12, 2012
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    Dorothy Wojturski Spartz
    2 Sep 08, 2012
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    Vincent Cordi
    5 Jul 02, 2012
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    Julie Joy
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    4 Jun 17, 2013
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    Carole Kamin
    5 Jul 01, 2012
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  • HiloCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan
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    4 Oct 16, 2013
    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersFamily TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
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As the largest island by far, Hawaii (aptly nicknamed the Big Island) is a nature lover's paradise. Geologically fascinating, culturally rich and ridiculously beautiful, the Big Island attracts visitors looking for a little more than just a sand-and-sea vacation. As the largest city on the Big Island, Hilo is equally famous for its university, museums and one of the most celebrated Polynesian dance festivals in the world, the Merrie Monarch Festival (held in April each year). Visit the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States, the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens or hike through bamboo forests to the waterfalls of Akaka State Park, practically next door to downtown Hilo.

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