"Hilo Not as rainy as claimed:)" Hilo by atufft

Hilo Travel Guide: 255 reviews and 562 photos

Rainest City in USA

It didn't pour when we were there, and in the morning we enjoyed watching sea kayaks paddle across the bay. Hilo is the older town on the big island, providing support for the agricultural industry in the area. Downtown dates back to at least the 1940's when sailors no doubt spent time looking around.

The waterfront has a number of very large trees

Old trees are the advantage of an old town such as Hilo. This city has tourism as does any in Hawaii, but the Hilo crowd is bearable in its behavior.

Outside town are a number of attractions

Gardens, boutique towns, and lava beach are nearby and easy to get to. Hilo is closer to Volcanoes National Park than is Kona, the more popular tourist resort city on the island.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wet and Wonderful, Clean Air and View of Pacific
  • Cons:Older Hotel and Restaurant Infrastructure
  • In a nutshell:Hilo has original Hawaiian character and deserves a stay...
  • Last visit to Hilo: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    Nice to see some tips that aren't about some big luxury resort. I want to spend time and money seeing stuff, not doing things that are available everywhere.

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2006 at 3:53 PM

    downtown hilo is very 1930s. much of it was washed away by a major tsunami in the 60s especially the waterfront area. next time you come, stay at hilo hawaiian hotel or the newly renovated luxury naniloa.


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