Stores & Restaurants

Hilo Walmart and Target

Best Hilo shopping These stores are all together, just above the Hilo Airport.  When you exit the Hilo airport you go left, up hill, about 1/3 of a mile and make a left on Makaala Street.  You will see the Ross sign on your left before the turn.  Enter on your first left for the […]

Safeway – Hilo downtown

Address: 381 Maka’ala Street, Hilo See the post for Walmart and Target.  The Safeway is next to Target and 100 yards down the street from Walmart.  Turn left where you see the Ross sign (Maka’ala) and pass Wallmart on your left.  This is just behind Walmart. The Safeway and neighboring Target was built around 2014.  […]

KTA Superstores – Grocery Store

Addresses:  50 N. Puainaku Street, Hilo (just above the Ross sign and Walmart) On Highway 11 just above Prince Kuhio Plaze. Before the modern grocery stores arrived such as Walmart, Target and Safeway, the big grocery stores in town were the two KTAs.  If you want to shop at a large grocery store that is […]


Address:  135 Kalanianaole Ave., Hilo HI.  Just as you are leaving downtown Hilo along south Hilo bay. Website: This is my one of my favorite restaurants for a great meal at a great location.  We go here almost every time we visit.  The prices are consistent with nice dining.  There is usually live entertainment […]

Cafe 100

Address:  969 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720 Website: Classic cafe that is a favorite with the locals.  This is where you go for comfort food on a budget.  It is right in the middle of town, just minutes from so many attractions.  A local dish that you need to try at least once is […]

Ken’s House of Pancakes

Location: 1730 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo Hi 96720 Website: This is not a flashy restaurant and it doesn’t pretend to be.  It is a classic diner.  The laminate counters are worn from a decade of use.  The food is great and the menu has everything.  I love to eat local food with locals.  This is […]

Cafe Pesto – Downtown Hilo

Café Pesto   Address:  308 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo.  Kamehameha runs along the water across downtown.  Just drive until you reach the classic buildings.  It is near the middle.   There are only a few “great” restaurants in the Hilo area.  This is one of the few.  The restaurant doesn’t have a view, which is a […]

Pineapples Restaurant Downtown Hilo

Address: 333 Keawe Street, Hilo HI 96720. (808) 238-5324 website: One of probably 6 “nicer” restaurants in Hilo.  For me, it isn’t so much the food, which is fine but not great, it is the fun atmosphere and location.  It is located just up a block from the Farmer’s Market on the north side […]

Hilo Bay Cafe – Downtown Hilo

Address:  123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo HI 96720 Website:  Closed Sundays As shown in the picture, below, the restaurant is nothing to look at.  Pretty much a rectangular building up on stilts.  The inside isn’t much better as the tables are in a few rows straight down the building.  The first picture, below, is the […]

How to See the Lava Flow

How Do I Find Lava! (updated July, 2022) Go to Hawaii Volcano National Park (HVNP). In short, lava is slowly filling up the Halema’uma’u crater in HVNP.  This is the Kilauea’s crater that you overlook when you are at the park.  After the 2018 lava flow near the coast the crater collapsed and grew in […]

Downtown Hilo Walking Tour

  MAP OF DOWNTOWN HILO HISTORIC SECTION Start Downtown Hilo  Walking Tour:  Park your car anywhere you can find parking.  Since this is a loop it doesn’t matter where you start.  If you want to start at the statue of Kamehameha, turn on Pauahi Steet, toward statue, at the Chevron station.  Parking is down the […]

Where to stay in Hilo and East Hawaii

Where to Stay in East Hawaii (Big Island)   Introduction: The only “large” town on the East side of Hawaii (Big Island) is the town of Hilo.  Hilo is on the coast and in the middle of the coast (the coast running South/North).  Hilo is surprisingly large, with major hospitals and stores such as Walmart, […]

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