Everything’s as it should be in the Hilo Area
As one of the first places in Hawaii to be warmed by the sun each morning, it’s easy to see that Hilo is a foremost destination in spite of its relatively quiet status. This is just one of many compelling reasons to visit – especially for those of you who like your vacations to be free from crowds and low on noise.
The East side of the Big Island definitely has its perks, which include proximity to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Lava Tubes State Park, Kapoho Snorkeling Ponds and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Not to mention downtown Hilo itself, whose attractions include a history as a major sugar producer, the onetime home of royalty and a continued commitment to celebrating a colorful culture.
The annual Merrie Monarch Festival embodies the spirit of the locals with its hula competition, music, costumes and more. A walk through the historic streets will provide glimpses of a blend of architecture styles, a few dozen restaurants, lots of stores and boutiques, and a weekly farmers’ market that offers up the most authentic goods and souvenirs around.
After waking up (sans alarm clock) and enjoying a cup of coffee on the lanai of your vacation home - which is cozily nestled in the rainforest - taking a trip into town will acquaint you with the old-fashioned charm that pervades the region. After that the wild world of the Big Island is yours to explore, so put on your hiking boots, grab a parasol and head to the beach, or sign up for a helicopter ride for a more thrilling view.
Clearly Hilo makes a fine place for any number of possible scenarios. It’s typically lovely but full of surprises – just as a Hawaiian vacation should be.