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Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, the historical town of Hilo has rain forests, black-sand beaches and volcanoes oozing lava that runs into the sea. Once a thriving farming and fishing village, Hilo was transformed into a sugar plantation in the 1800s. Today it’s a charming town with tropical gardens, museums and an internationally recognized biosphere reserve just a short distance away.
Discover Hilo's history with a stroll down Keawe Street. Admire the wooden storefronts, art galleries, independent stores and restaurants reminiscent of the plantation years. Visit the Lyman Mission House and Museum and see historical houses built by American Christian missionaries. Enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Hilo Farmers Market. See cultural performances and traditional Hawaiian arts at the East Hawaii Cultural Center. Stroll through the Liliuokalani Gardens or relax at the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls. Drive beneath a canopy of banyan trees and sample coffee at the Hilo Coffee Mill.
One of Hilo’s most popular attractions is the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Tour the planetarium to learn how the astronomical research of the summit of Maunakea connects with local traditional culture.
Head to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, internationally recognized as both a World Heritage Site and a world biosphere. This park is extraordinary for its biodiversity and significance to native Hawaiians. Hike through rain forests, volcanic craters and deserts. Get close to two of the most active volcanoes on earth: Kilauea and Maunaloa. Watch lava eruptions flow into the sea and discover the centuries-old rock carvings known as petroglyphs.
Take a trip to other Hawaiian islands, without leaving town. Hilo's Mokupāpapa Discovery Center offers insight into the fascinating marine life, culture and geology of Hawaii’s remote northwest islands.
To get around Hilo, rent a car or taxi, take a guided tour or use the low-cost Hele-On (Let’s go) bus. Unwind and take your time in Hilo to discover some of the most fascinating wonders of the world.
Pre-booking a comfortable place to stay contributes to vacation happiness. Check out a selection of the best accommodations in Hilo on Expedia's up-to-date lodging page.
Featuring views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea, this full-service Hilo hotel is close to many island attractions: 10 minutes to Rainbow Falls and 40 minutes to Hawaii Volcanoes Park.
Grand Naniloa Hotel is on the beautiful Hilo Bay at the point of the Waiakea Peninsula. Downtown Hilo is 1 mile away and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 25 miles away. Parking is complimentary.
Hilo Seaside Hotel is 4 miles from downtown Hilo and 1.5 miles from the airport; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 26 miles away.
Situated near the bay, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Naniloa Country Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Hawaii at Hilo and Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. Pacific Tsunami Museum and Lyman Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Kaumana Caves County Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of Akaka Falls and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Situated in Hilo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mokupapapa Discovery Center and Pacific Tsunami Museum. Lyman Museum and Panaewa Rainforest Zoo are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Onekahakaha Beach Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. Keaukaha Beach Park and Port of Hilo are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Hilo, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kaumana Springs Wilderness and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lyman Museum and Pacific Tsunami Museum. Rainbow Falls and Gilbert Carvalho Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).