As the largest city on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo has an array of tourist attractions to tempt you to spend a night or two in town. Find flights to Kailua-Kona, but let Hilo hotels be your base for exploring museums and historic landmarks, parks and natural wonders, and a picturesque downtown wrapped around a crescent-shaped bay.
Out and About in Hilo
Walk from downtown hotels in Hilo, past historic wooden storefronts that survived major tsunamis in 1946 and 1960, and along Banyan Drive, a road lined with impressively massive multi-limbed banyan trees. At the end is Liliuokalani Gardens, a 30-acre Japanese garden featuring arched bridges, fish ponds, bamboo groves, and pagodas. Guided tours are available at the Lyman Museum and Mission House. Built as a family home for missionaries in 1839, it's the oldest wooden building on the island. The adjacent museum includes natural history exhibits and an extensive gem collection. At the Imiloa Astronomy Center, see planetarium shows and learn about the connections between science and Hawaiian culture. Exhibits tell of ancient Polynesians who used stars to navigate their way to the Hawaiian archipelago as well as the groundbreaking discoveries about the universe made by scientists at the observatories on nearby Mauna Kea.
Eating and Drinking
Hilo's restaurants are mostly along its main thoroughfare, Kilauea Avenue, but you'll find great places to eat all over town, from fast food on a side street to fine dining on the waterfront. Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisines are well represented, and you're also in luck if you want Italian or Mexican food. Asian-Hawaiian fusion is popular too. If you found cheap hotels in Hilo with Travelocity and want budget-friendly meals to match, try the farmers' market downtown on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can make a fine picnic from tropical fruits, locally made jams, fresh baked goods, and all manner of macadamia nut products.
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