Hilo Tourism

Visit Hilo - Best of Hilo

Hilo is definitely a tropical paradise on the Big Island of Hawaii. The largest city in Hawaii County, Hilo is definitely nature’s bounty. The lush tropical rainforests, the dancing waterfalls and the magnificent volcanic peaks, all beckon to the nature lover inside you. There are beautiful state parks all across Hilo that let you experience these natural wonders to the fullest, like the Wailuku River State Park and Wailoa River State Park. There are also gardens that show how the people of Hilo pay homage to the natural beauty of the city, like the Liliuokalani Gardens and Hilo Tropical Gardens. The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo is one of the most unique things about Hilo, as it is the only rainforest zoo in all of United States of America. There are also beach parks all over the city, which let you experience the underwater marvels of the ocean.

Hilo takes pride in the arts and culture that the city has been offering to the world over the ages. There are many museums that educate visitors about the rich past and present of the city. Historical monuments like the Naha Stone are proof about the legends that have been passed over generations in Hilo. Hilo is also a great place to learn about the universe’s secrets. There are observatories and astronomy museums to study more about celestial bodies. Thus, Hilo not only emphasizes on what’s on Earth, but also what’s beyond.

Hilo is indeed a place where nature, arts, culture, history and science all come together is a perfect blend for a fun Hawaiian vacation.

Hilo Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Hilo tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: UTC-10 hours
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Electricity and Internet: 110-120 Volts of Electrical output. There is High Speed Broadband Services available in Hilo.
  • Languages: English is the most spoken language in Hilo. Pacific Island languages, Japanese and Tagalog are also spoken here.
  • Security: 911 (Ambulance, Fire & Police)
  • Tipping: It is frowned upon if you don’t tip in Hilo. Some places might even have a tipping jar as tips are the means of income for a lot of people here.
  • Customs: Respecting the local people and culture is very important. For Surfers: If your home break is aggressive, do not bring that attitude with you.
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Facts and Stats for Hilo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Hilo

    Know the pollution level of Hilo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 15 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Hilo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Hilo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Hilo.

    • Burglary and Theft 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 32.14 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 28.57 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 21.43 (Low)
    • Drug offense 71.43 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 29.17 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 60.71 (High)
  • Living in Hilo - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 58.89 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 96.65 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 27.72 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 84.01 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.17 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 76.05 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Hilo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Hilo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 66 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

Hilo Travel Guides

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