Hilo's activities & attractions

Volcano National Park

Address: Hawaii National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI Website: https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm Price: $30 per car This National Park is home to Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano located on the Big island. See the above link for the updated activity and lava viewing options.  The viewing has been very consistent the last year or […]

Thurston Lava Tube

Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718 Website: https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/craterrimtour_tube.htm A must see on your vacation in Hilo! Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, it features a 20 minute 1/3 mile walk through a tree fern forest and lighted prehistoric cavelike lava tube awaits you. This lava tube was discovered in […]

North Hilo, East Big Island – Old Highway 4 mile scenic drive

Address:  Highway 19  between the 7 and 8 mile marker Going North leaving Hilo, after the 7 mile marker, look for the Old Mamalahoa Highway sign with a “scenic road” sign on it.  This is not to be missed and should be taken together with a visit to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.  The scenic […]

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens

Address: 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781 Website: http://www.htbg.com/#_=_ The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is an impressive 4o-acre museum of living plants, the perfect destination for nature lovers, gardeners, and photographers! This garden contains more than 2,000 species of tropical plants that live and thrive in this unique natural greenhouse. Throughout this […]

Akaka Falls

Address: End of Akaka Falls Road, Off Hwy 220, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI If you are staying in Hilo and are looking to visit a waterfall, this is the perfect destination! Akaka Falls State Park is located 11 miles north of Hilo along the old Mamalahoa highway. This 422 foot waterfall is absolutely stunning […]

Laupahoehoe Lookout

This a great little stop right off Highway 19 in the little town of Laupahoehoe. This is midway between Honokaa and Hilo. It is just a great place to stop and jump out of your car for pictures. If you really want to do Hawaii correctly, buy Malisadas from Tex Drive in located off Highway […]

Waipi’o Valley

Address: Waipio Valley, Hawaii 96727 UPDATE:  The Waipi’o Valley is only open via a driving tour.  The only tour I found online is here: www.wiapiovalleyshuttle.com.  This is a 90 minute tour that is highly rated on Tripadvisor.  The whole area is extremely pretty, including the drive to the overlook.  There is a horseback riding tour, but […]

Bee Farm Tour by Jennifer Bach

To make an appointment email: [email protected] Website: https://www.wisewomenbeekeepers.com/ North of Hilo just 20 minutes is the small and rural town of Hakalau. Here, on 13 acres are homeowners and their animals. This is beautiful countryside with many views of the ocean. For Jennifer, her passion is her bees. This experience/tour is hands-on. You will put […]

Maku’u Farmer’s Market

Address: Maku’u Farmer’s Lot, Keaau-Pahoa Bypass Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 NOTE:  Since the pandemic this closes at 12 noon!  I used to have lunch at the food venues, so I hope the hours return to normal. A Sunday morning must! The Maku’u Farmer’s market is widely considered one of the best farmer’s […]

Pahoa Transfer Station (Lava Flow)

Address: Cemetery Road, Pahoa.  As you travel down highway 130 and pass the police station you stay straight while highway 130 veers to the left.  In just a quarter mile turn right on Cemetery Road.  Travel another quarter mile and the street turns left.  Right after the turn you will see the transfer station on […]

Leilani Estates 2018 Lava Flow

Address: Highway 130 and Leilani Avenue From May to September, 2018 lava drained from Mauna Kea and Pu’u o’o crater drained out and a new rift zone opened toward the coast in Leilana Estates.  A great video that is summarizes the activity was created by the USGS and can be viewed here: https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/photosmultimedia/videos.htm. After September, 2018 […]

Kalapana Lava Viewing Area

Address:  Highway 130 until it ends UPDATE:  The lava stopped flowing into the ocean at this location in 2017.  The gravel road is interesting to talk or bike down for a while to see the development of homes by “off the grid” types.  Below is what the destination was prior to the stop of lava […]

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