On a visit to Hilo you definitely cannot miss out on the must see places. The significance of these must see places are that they stand as a symbol for Hilo. These places are what Hilo is all about. These must see places in Hilo will stay as cherishing memories of the city forever in your heart.
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875 Akaka Falls Rd, Honomu, HI 96728, United States
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Around 11 miles north of Hilo, lies this beautiful state park, with not one but two pristine waterfalls on the way of a short hike. The scenic hike is just 0.4 miles uphill, which ends in the stunning sight of lush green rainforest full off wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns. Along the paved path, the first waterfall to come your way is ...
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600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Built in mid-1990s, this 40000 square feet big exhibition and planetarium center was developed by a team of educators, scientists and community leaders who wished to display the link between the rich Hawaiian culture and the revolutionary research conducted by astronomers at the summit of Maunakea, at an educational facility. There are four differe...
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189 Lihiwai St, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
Named after Queen Liliuokalani, one of Hawaii's last reigning monarchs, these gardens will take you to Japan. The highlight of the 30 acres’ garden was built in early 1900s, is the Japanese garden, which was built to commemorate the Japanese immigrants who came to the town to work in local sugar plantations. There are oriental paintings, curv...
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2349 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
The only black sand beach in all of Hilo, Richardson Beach Park is a great place to have some fun in the water. The natural seawalls create tide pools and keep the water calm, making it perfect for even children. Thus, it is best for family picnics. The most popular activity at the beach is snorkelling, especially during summers. There are many tro...
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Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Located in Hilo Bay, this small island can be accessed only via a pedestrian footbridge from Liliuokalani Gardens. Its Hawaiian name Moku Ola means “Island of Life”, since the waters of the island was known to have healing powers. It was believed that the waters could cure any sick person if he swam around one of the rocks at the easter...
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Hawaii 96783, USA
At about 5 to 8 miles north of Hilo, one of the most picturesque routes on Big Island, the Pepeekeo Scenic Drive is not to be missed. Stretching over 4 miles, this drive is a part of the old mamalahoa highway, that passes through the lush green tropical forest and gives you an excellent view of the Onomea Bay. This drive will surely make you fall i...
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130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
In light of the 1946 Pacific tsunami and 1960 Chiliean tsunami, this museum was set up with the sole purpose of educating people about tsunamis. The Pacific Tsunami Museum was built to honour the memory of those who died in these disastrous tsunamis that hit Hilo. The museum has a display of in-house permanent exhibits that interpret tsunami phenom...
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Mile Marker 4-5 Kaumana Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The main highlight of this park is the lave tube formed by the lava flow from Mauna Loa in 1881. The Kaumana Caves are a part of the 25-mile-long lava tube that runs through Big Island. There is a flight of concrete stairs that take you to the entrance of the caves, from where you can check out some of the most extraordinary lava formations. Some o...
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1477 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Known as the “Garden in a Valley on the Ocean”, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens has been attracting photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists and nature lovers from all across the globe. There are over 2000 species of plants found in this unique garden. Spread of 40 acres of land, this valley is a natural greenhouse with vol...
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800 Stainback Hwy, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Garden is one-of-a-kind in every way. The 12 acres’ large zoo is the only one in the whole of United States that is located inside in a rainforest. There are more than 80 species of animals from all over the world on display here, including some endangered ones. There are also 40 different kinds of flora you wi...
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276 Haili St, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
10:00 am - 04:30 pm
Originally built as a Mission House, by New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman, the museum was built by their descendants a century later. The exhibits of the museum aim at showcasing the true Hawaiian culture and educating people about the same. The highlight of the Lyman museum is the unique collection of shells and minerals, including a ...
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1437 Kilauea Ave #102, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth System Research Laboratory and Global Monitoring Division, the Mauna Loa Observatory is a leading facility that has been continuously monitoring and collecting data related to atmospheric changes ever since the 1950s. The observatory's remote location in the Pacific Ocean, air that is...
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Waimea, HI 96743, United States
05:55 am - 05:55 pm
This 20.5 acres’ large state park is a protected are in the state of Hawaii. The shrub land, at a height of 6500 feet, gives a spectacular view of the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. It is a popular spot for camping, hiking, picnicking and lodging. The park is also hunting grounds for wild pigs and sheep. The cool and dry weather will be a solace fo...
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1815 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
For a day out with your kids, the Carlsmith Beach Park is the perfect spot. The beach adjoining the park isn't sandy, but there is lava and coral reef protecting the inner swimming area, which makes it almost like a swimming pool. The fresh water seeping in from the bottom results in a few cool spots in the lagoon. While the sparkling turquoise wat...
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180 Kahoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
Just north of the Hilo Bay, lies the most popular surf beach in all of east Big Island. The beach is located in a secluded area, with grassy land and picnic tables for picnickers to just stretch out lazily under the shade of palm trees, while watching surfers show their talent. On days of high surf, you might as well find all of Hilo at Honoli'i Be...