Hilo's activities & attractions

Wailuku State River Park (Rainbow Falls Waterfall)

Address:  Waianuenue Ave., About 1.6 miles above the ocean Description:  Rainbow (Waiānuenue) Falls is a waterfall located in Hilo, Hawaii. It is 80 ft (24 m) tall and almost 100 ft (30 m) in diameter. The falls are part of the Hawai’i State Parks. There is no fee to see the falls. Getting to Rainbow Falls from downtown Hilo is simple, but please take […]

Wailuku State Park (Boiling Pots Waterfall)

Address:  Waianuenue Ave., About ½ mile above the Hilo Medical Center Description:  .  This stop is just a mile above Rainbow Falls.  From Hilo, first stop by Rainbow Falls, then go farther up the street to stop at Boiling Pots.  It is the same river, just upstream.  After leaving Rainbow Falls, continue up Waianuenue 1.6 […]

Onekahakaha State Beach Park

Address: 744 Onekahakaha Rd, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720 Hilo is filled with beach parks, and this is one of the best! This beach park is especially great for kids, for it features a shallow 2-ft sandy bottom that is protected from the breakers. And a shaved ice truck often sits near-by! Often considered […]

Tsunami Museum in Hilo

Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720 Website: http://www.tsunami.org/index/index.html The Tsunami Museum in Hilo is dedicated in preserving the history of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami, which both devasted the Hilo community. This impactful museum gets to the heart of this story with videos and […]

Lyman’s Museum

Address: 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720 Website: http://lymanmuseum.org Lyman’s Museum and Mission House’s goal is to educate it’s visitors about the story of Hawaii, it’s islands, and peoples. The Lyman Museum originally began as the Lyman Mission House, that was built in 1839 for David and Sarah Lyman, New England missionaries. In […]

Hilo’s Palace Theatre

Address:  38 Haili Street, Hilo website: http://hilopalace.com Great example of 1920s architecture (built 1925), the Palace plays movies and has live performances.  It is located downtown in the area of classic architecture that defines central Hilo.  The inside has been restored to it grandeur of a bygone era.  After a successful fundraiser, it is currently […]

Big Island Candy

Address: 585 Hinano Street, Hilo Website: http://bigislandcandies.com The desire to visit a tourist oriented candy store will depend on your desire to visit a cute, over priced candy store/factory.  Its best attribute is that it is right in Hilo, so close to where you will be anyway.  I’m sure the candy is great.  The Tripadvisor […]

Hilo “Panaewa” Zoo

Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii (Big Island), HI 96720 Website: http://hilozoo.com/ Come visit the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States!  Right here on the Big Island. This is the perfect destination for kids! This zoo features everything from various tropical birds, reptiles, monkeys, and other zoo animals. Your […]

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company

Address: 16-701 Macadamia Rd, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749 Website: https://www.maunaloa.com Come visit the factory where Hawaii’s favorite snack is made! Here at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company you can see the creation of their delicious array of macadamia nut products, enjoy their free samples, and stop by their gift shop for their vast […]

Hilo Coffee Mill

Address: 17-995 Volcano Rd, Mountain View, Island of Hawaii, HI 96771 Website: http://hilocoffeemill.com/ A perfect destination for coffee lovers! Located between Hilo and the Volcanoes National Park. Come visit the beautiful 24 acres where Hilo coffee is grown, roasted, and packaged. The ideal place to stop for a cup of coffee before journeying to the volcano! […]

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens

Address: 11-3051 Volcano Road, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785 Website: http://www.akatsukaorchid.com/ NOTE:  ONLY open Wednesday and Fridays.  ONLY 10:00 – 12:00 and then 12:30 – 3:00. A must see for flower lovers! The Akatsuka Orchid Gardens are located on the way to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, making it an easy pitstop. It is also a […]

Volcano Winery

Address: 35 Pii Mauna Drive, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785 Website: http://volcanowinery.com/ A must see for wine lovers! Come to this unique winery located by the Hawaiian volcanoes at 4,000 ft above sea level. These wines are mixed with tropical exotic fruits such as Jaboticaba berries and Macadamia nuts , to create a novel tropical […]

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