Entertaining the beauties of Hilo in Hawaii island which is blessed with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests and blooming gardens; the geographic flipside of the volcanic Kohala Coast. Hilo is also a convenient place to stay if you’re planning a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Home to Hilo International Airport, Hilo is also the gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park located 45 minutes south. A busy farming and fishing area in early times, Hilo evolved into a commercial center for the sugar industry in the 1800’s. Downtown Hilo was built around its crescent-shaped bay and became the seat of county government. In 1946 and 1960 the town was nearly swallowed by a tsunami. But Hilo’s waterfront was rebuilt and today Hilo is a vibrant town, home to great museums (Imiloa Astronomy Center, Lyman Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum), art galleries (East Hawaii Cultural Center), unique shops (Sig Zane Designs, Big Island Candies, Hilo Hattie, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory) and perennial favorites like the Hilo Farmers Market.
Farming locality of Hilo
Located in Downtown Hilo, the festive Hilo’s Farmers Market is known as one of the best open markets in Hawaii. You can never tell what you’ll find at this colorful market, but it’s safe to say you’ll probably spot things you have never seen before. The Hilo Farmers Market lures both locals and visitors with Hilo’s freshest finds at affordable prices. You’ll find a colorful selection of locally grown exotic fruit, vegetables, herbs, island jams and jellies, macadamia nuts and delectable baked goods. Also note that 95 percent of Hawaiian papayas are grown on the east side of Hawaii Island, so look for these fresh fruits when they’re in season. Strawberry papayas, a local delicacy, look like regular papayas, but their beautiful pinkish-orange flesh is sweeter and juicier.Food is only part of the fun at the Hilo Farmers Market.
Life of Downtown Hilo
Downtown Hilo is Hawaii Island’s biggest small town featuring centuries-old wooden storefronts — many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places — housing a variety of sophisticated galleries, shops, restaurants and cultural sites. Start your visit with a stroll down Kamehameha Avenue facing beautiful Hilo Bay and discover a variety of local shops, restaurants and attractions including the modern aloha wear at Sig Zane Designs, the neo-classical Palace Theatre built in 1925, and the bustling Hilo Farmers Market. You’ll also find a variety of art galleries featuring paintings, woodwork, glasswork and jewelry from artists with a unique island point of view.
Rainbow Falls of Wailuku River
If you’re looking for a waterfall near Downtown Hilo, take a short drive west on Waianuene Avenue to Wailuku River State Park. Here you’ll discover the easily accessible Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls), which has an 80-foot drop and is known for the rainbows that are formed in the surrounding mist. Travel further upland along the Wailuku River and you’ll find Peepee Falls (pronounced Peh-EH Peh-EH), which feeds the famous pools known as Boiling Pots. These terraced pools bubble as if they were boiling, connected by a series of cascading water flows alongside hexagonal columns formed by the slow cooling of basalt lava.
Hilo’s available awesomes
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden will be featuring over 2,500 species of tropical plants from around the globe, an orchid garden, macaw aviary and ocean front walk.
Explore our garden oasis showroom, filled with over 1,000 orchids and tropical plants!
Botanical World Adventures Zip line, Segway, Botanical Gardens, Huge Maze, Honopueo Falls, Kamaee Falls, Panoramic Views of the Pacific and Mauna Kea, Rainbow Walk, Arboreteum, and Rainforest.
East Hawaii’s largest coffee and tea farm reviving coffee in East Hawaii, processing for farmers, custom roasting, retail, wholesale, restaurant service, and internet sales.
Kau Coffee Mill is a grower and producer of coffee with 100 acres in production. Provides a full range of services from pulping to roasting for local farmers. A visitors center and retail store is located at the Mill and is open 7 days a week to sell our roasted coffees and macadamia nuts. Tours are provided for anyone interested in learning more about the coffee industry.
Original Hawaiian Chocolate… 100% Hawaiian cocoa beans grown, hand-picked, sun-dried on Hawaii Island in Kona. Non-blended to assure purity and quality. Enjoy delicious single-origin Original Hawaiian Chocolate of distinctive texture and taste. Exclusive tours by appointment only. Chocolate is Aloha!
Kona Historical Society -Offering three authentic living history programs: HN Greenwell Store Museum, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, & Portuguese Stone Oven Baking. Special Events include lecture series and historical jeep tours and boat cruises.
Kamuela Provision Company -Enjoy Island-fresh steaks and seafood such as charred ahi, Bouillabaise, Filet Mignon and Surf & Turf while watching beautiful sunsets and whales from the lanai. Extensive wine-bar with over 40 wines by the glass. Live contemporary guitar music.
Clambake -A remarkable oceanside seafood buffet under the stars to the sound of contemporary Island music. Saturday only..
Sunshine Helicopters, Paradise Helicopters,Blue Hawaiian offers you the option to create memories that will last a lifetime while here in the islands. Whether you dream of a secluded waterfall picnic or a thrilling volcano experience, we can make your dream air adventure a reality.
British Airways, China Eastern , Malaysia Airlines,US Airways, American Airlines and Emirates are has flights to Hilo or Hawaii from metropolitan cities in India and other countries. AA Marshall’s Taxi, WJJ Taxi & Tours, Da Best Taxi, Shaka! Taxi& Tours , Ace One Taxi, Percy’s Taxi, Hilo Harry’s Taxi are the taxi services in Hilo.
Naniloa Volcanoes Resort, Aaron’s Cottage, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and Hilo Seaside Hotel are the hotels which resides near to the Hilo Airport. Use the search window to Book your accommodation.
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