Hilo, HI

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Hilo which includes a bay or harbor

Marvel at the wonders of the natural world and discover traditional Hawaiian cultures, America’s colonial past and modern science all in one place.

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.

Where to stay in Hilo

SCP Hilo Hotel
SCP Hilo Hotel
3.5 out of 5
126 Banyan Way, Hilo, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Located in Keaukaha, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Coconut Island Park and Liliuokalani Park and Gardens. Port of Hilo and Hilo Farmers Market ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (36 reviews)
"Excellent expept a lot of ants inside tissue box."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

SCP Hilo Hotel
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton
4 out of 5
93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
The price is $187 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in Keaukaha, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coconut Island Park and Port of Hilo. Hilo Farmers Market and Mokupapapa Discovery Center are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (981 reviews)
"Beautiful ocean view, small room."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
The price is $169 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in Keaukaha, this golf hotel is steps from Hamakua Heritage Corridor, Naniloa Country Club, and Coconut Island Park. Liliuokalani Park and Gardens and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,064 reviews)
"They show what the Aloha spirit is all about Even for a long haired and bearded guy like me. My daughter and i were treated like high rollers"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Waterfront condo w/ shared pool & private lanai- steps to shops & restaurants!
Waterfront condo w/ shared pool & private lanai- steps to shops & restaurants!
Hilo, HI
The price is $103 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
This family-friendly Hilo vacation home is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Carlsmith Beach Park, Richardson's Ocean Park, and Onekahakaha Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (15 reviews)
"Beach access,pool,kitchen"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Waterfront condo w/ shared pool & private lanai- steps to shops & restaurants!
Home Brought Back to Life Hidden Off One of Hilo's Main Streets.
Home Brought Back to Life Hidden Off One of Hilo's Main Streets.
Hilo, HI
This family-friendly Hilo vacation home is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Hilo Municipal Golf Course, Joint Astronomy Centre, and Imiloa ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Amazing Time
"House was beautiful and had everything plus more. Owners were easy to work with and so kind. It really felt like home away from home. Can't wait to go back and stay there again."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Home Brought Back to Life Hidden Off One of Hilo's Main Streets.
Hilo Couples Retreat ~ 6 Miles to Honoli'i Beach!
Hilo Couples Retreat ~ 6 Miles to Honoli'i Beach!
Hilo, HI
Situated near the bay, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pacific Tsunami Museum, Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and Kalakaua Park. East Hawaii ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Rainforest retreat
"Beautiful accommodations perfect for a couple located on a palm tree nursery farm. Gorgeous interior just as pictured. Nice and clean. Loved hearing the rainforest sounds at night and doing the puzzles they provided. Totally worth being a little out of the way from Downtown Hilo. It was perfectly ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2021

Hilo Couples Retreat ~ 6 Miles to Honoli'i Beach!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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