Hilo

Travel Guide
Hilo
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, 96720
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$330 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (224 reviews)
"The rooms are fairly basic- fern wing highly recommended. Everything is very clean the staff is amazing and the amenities are awesome! So many cool Lounge areas and paddle boards and bikes to borrow is nice! Highly recommend"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2022

SCP Hilo Hotel
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI, 96720
The price is AU$415 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Hilo. Enjoy free parking, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Excellent location. Comfortable room."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2022

Castle Hilo Hawaiian 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, 96720
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$432 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a golf course. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4/5 Very Good! (942 reviews)
"Perfect stay"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2022

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton
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.
Nice And Cozy Apartment On The Municipal Golf Course In Hilo
Nice And Cozy Apartment On The Municipal Golf Course In Hilo
Hilo, HI
Stay at this golf apartment in Hilo. Enjoy a water park, WiFi and on-site parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Clean and comfortable lodgings
"Ingrid was a very welcoming hostess. The lodgings were comfortable and impeccably clean. I especially appreciated my own laundry facilities. It is helpful to know that this is the family home, so there is normal family noise. It’s a normal neighborhood with normal neighborhood noise, so don’t expect ..."

Reviewed on 25 May 2022

Nice And Cozy Apartment On The Municipal Golf Course In Hilo
Ocean Frt.-Best Hilo Swim Lagoons, Turtles @ Richardsons Beach
Ocean Frt.-Best Hilo Swim Lagoons, Turtles @ Richardsons Beach
Hilo, HI
Stay at this beach holiday home in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and on-site parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking in their reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Across the street from rocky shore
"This is an older Hilo home with need for repairs and updates. IT was clean and nice to walk across the street to the rocky beach area. The kids in our family had a hard time with ants and bugs but are not use to being in the rainest town in USA!!"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2022

Ocean Frt.-Best Hilo Swim Lagoons, Turtles @ Richardsons Beach
Classic Mid-Century Condo near the Ocean w/Private Lanai & Shared Pool!
Classic Mid-Century Condo near the Ocean w/Private Lanai & Shared Pool!
Hilo, HI
Stay at this condo in Hilo. Enjoy on-site parking, an in-room DVD player and a balcony. Our guests praise the pool in their reviews. Popular attractions Carlsmith ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (22 reviews)
"Everything was amazing. Loved staying here. Definitely recommend and plan to return."

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2022

Classic Mid-Century Condo near the Ocean w/Private Lanai & Shared Pool!
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.

Cities near Hilo