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Hilo Region

The biggest city on Hawaii’s Big Island is a hive of culture, cuisine and friendly locals.

The largest town on Hawaii’s Big Island is Hilo, located on the island’s east coast. With a population of just over 40,000 residents, Hilo is big enough to feel like a city, but not big enough to lose its island charm. The town’s proximity to many of the island’s most popular natural attractions makes it a great base for sightseeing, and the town itself is a hub for local cuisine, culture and retail outlets.

Relax on one of Hilo’s beautiful beaches and try one of the popular water sports that Hawaii has become famous for. Rent a surfboard and catch some waves, or try snorkeling at one of the great spots just outside the town. Richardson’s Ocean Park at the end of Highway 19 is one of the most popular beach destinations.

Hilo is home to a number of cultural institutions, including the Pacific Tsunami Museum and the Lyman House Museum. Visit the Hilo Art Museum to discover traditional and contemporary Hawaiian art at the only dedicated art gallery on the island. Take a trip to the Prince Kuhio Plaza for the best shopping in Hilo. Here you can buy clothes, food and souvenirs at reasonable prices.

Taste the local cuisine or grab a drink with the locals in the heart of the town. A number of restaurants serve authentic Hawaiian dishes, and there are also plenty of American, Mexican and European restaurants. Visit the local farmers market for fresh, cheap produce, perfect for picnics around the island. While Hilo is not known for its nightlife, there are plenty of local bars where you can mingle with the locals.

Hilo is located on the east coast near the Hilo International Airport, making it an obvious point to start your visit to the island. The town has a public bus system; however, most visitors choose to rent their own vehicles as the bus does not serve areas beyond the town.


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Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton $127
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton

93 Banyan Dr, Hilo
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 632 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    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 available for a surcharge.

    Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel $108
    Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

    Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

    71 Banyan Dr, Hilo
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 1,373 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      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.

      Hilo Seaside Hotel $110
      Hilo Seaside Hotel

      Hilo Seaside Hotel

      126 Banyan Way, Hilo
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 2,250 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Hilo Seaside Hotel is 4 miles from downtown Hilo and 1.5 miles from the airport; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 26 miles away.

        Hilo Reeds Bay Hotel $82
        Hilo Reeds Bay Hotel

        Hilo Reeds Bay Hotel

        175 Banyan Drive, Hilo
           
          3.5
          of 5, from 488 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          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).

          Aarons Cottage $85
          Aarons Cottage

          Aarons Cottage

          54 Keokea Loop, Hilo
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 433 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            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).

            Wild Ginger Inn Hotel $61
            Wild Ginger Inn Hotel

            Wild Ginger Inn Hotel

            100 Pu'ueo Street Building A, Hilo
               
              3.3
              of 5, from 211 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              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.

              Dolphin Bay Hotel $169
              Dolphin Bay Hotel

              Dolphin Bay Hotel

              333 Iliahi Street, Hilo
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 103 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                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).

                Island Goode's - Luxury Adults Only Accommodation
                Island Goode's - Luxury Adults Only Accommodation

                Island Goode's - Luxury Adults Only Accommodation

                27-2365 Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 48 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Onomea Tea Company Estate. Pacific Tsunami Museum and Lyman Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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