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.

Hilo Reeds Bay Hotel
Hilo Reeds Bay Hotel
2.5 out of 5
175 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI
The price is AU$180 per night from 18 Sep. to 18 Sep.
Located in Keaukaha, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coconut Island Park and Port of Hilo. Hilo Farmers Market and Hilo Shopping Center are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (957 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Quaint, clean, welcoming rooms. Beautiful location."

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

Hilo Reeds Bay Hotel
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI
The price is AU$265 per night from 18 Sep. to 18 Sep.
Located in Keaukaha, this golf hotel is steps away from Hamakua Heritage Corridor, Naniloa Country Club and Coconut Island Park. Liliuokalani Park and Gardens ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,087 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel, super clean, super nice staff,"

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2021

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$293 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (997 reviews)
"The hotel was the best part of the vacation. The view from our room was beautiful. The grounds was very well kept and beautiful also. The staff especially our bartender in the hotel Ralph were wonderful. I would recommend this hotel to anyone."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

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
703 Iwalani St, Hilo, HI
This family-friendly Hilo apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hilo Municipal Golf Course and University of Hawaii at Hilo. Imiloa Astronomy Center and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Hilo 2 BR Apt
"We enjoyed our Hilo stay, convenient to downtown and highway to local and eastern Big Island sites. Comfortable and roomy with the basics provided. Wonderful host family offered fruits from their tropical trees."

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2021

Nice And Cozy Apartment On The Municipal Golf Course In Hilo
Private Room on Serene Property in Hilo
Private Room on Serene Property in Hilo
1600A Kinoole St, Hilo, HI
Located in the heart of Hilo, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of University of Hawaii at Hilo Botanical Gardens and University of Hawaii at Hilo. ...
Private Room on Serene Property in Hilo
Ocean View 2brm With Beach Park Next Door
Ocean View 2brm With Beach Park Next Door
1875 Kalanianaole Ave, 501, Hilo, HI
Located in Keaukaha, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Carlsmith Beach Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Port of Hilo. Richardson's Ocean Park and Onekahakaha Beach ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Most gorgeous beach park
"Location is exceptional with great opportunity for water activities in lovely surroundings."

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2021

Ocean View 2brm With Beach Park Next Door
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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