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 recognised 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 Centre. 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 Centre. 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 recognised 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 Centre 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

Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI, 96720
The price is ₹14,935 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
₹14,935
per night
2 Feb - 3 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,031 reviews)
"I had made a mistake in our bookings which was short by one day but the front desk was very helpful in accommodating us and making you feel very comfortable even for making this mistake. The front desk really went the extra step for us."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2023

Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
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 ₹16,773 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
₹16,773
per night
6 Feb - 7 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (346 reviews)
"Hotel guests compete for parking with the adjoining restaurant."

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2023

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, 96720
The price is ₹17,255 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
₹17,255
per night
13 Feb - 14 Feb
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! (1,029 reviews)
"A litle dated property. Some differed maintenance due. Staff great, had a great time."

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2023

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a Doubletree by Hilton
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Stunning Views Best location in Hilo 2BR
Stunning Views Best location in Hilo 2BR
2.5 out of 5
101 Aupuni St, Hilo, HI, 96720
Stay at this aparthotel in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Wailoa River State Park Hawaii and Wailoa Center ...
Stunning Views Best location in Hilo 2BR
Mauna Loa Shores #405 1 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
Mauna Loa Shores #405 1 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
1875 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, HI, 96720
Stay at this 3.5-star golf condo in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Carlsmith Beach Park and Onekahakaha Beach ...
Mauna Loa Shores #405 1 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
Hilo Hale Kaumana 3 Bedroom Home by Redawning
Hilo Hale Kaumana 3 Bedroom Home by Redawning
3 out of 5
61 Mokihana St, Hilo, HI, 96720
Stay at this 3-star golf holiday home in Hilo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Kaumana Caves Park and Ainako Park are ...
Hilo Hale Kaumana 3 Bedroom Home by Redawning
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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