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16th Annual Traditional Mochi (rice cake) Pounding for New Year

Akiko’s will being holding their 16th Annual Traditional Mochi Pounding this year on Saturday, December 28 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Akiko’s over the years has become synonymous with mochi pounding. This event is FREE to the public and ALL ages are welcome! They started in 1997 with 23 people, mostly neighbors. Now mochi pounding has […]

People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawai’i (PATH)

In partnership with Hilo Downtown Improvement Association’s Public Safety Committee, People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawai’i (PATH) conducted a bicycle safety class at UH Hilo for 15 students. The student level of proficiency varied from those who had never ridden before to those who were more experienced. Topics covered were: rules of the road safety tips and […]

New Local Event Listing Website

As Al Roker  so famously says at the end of his segments when he cuts to the local weather forecasters, “That’s what’s going on around the country, here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods.” It seems one of the biggest problems we have at the Downtown Improvement Association is making people aware of […]

Surfrider Foundation Hilo’s Kaipalaoa Landing/Hilo Bay Lighthouse Beach Clean Up!

There is a beach clean up is this Sunday starting at noon at the Hilo Bay Lighthouse/Kaipalaoa Landing, and will probably run about an hour to an hour and a half.   This all ages event is open to the public and will help in keeping our Downtown beaches clean! Following the clean up, there will […]

Safe Travels for Women in Hilo!

Of course those of us who live here would already attest to this, but Hilo was named one (number 5 to be exact) of “The 10 Safest (and Coolest) Cities for Women to Travel Alone” by www.escapehere.com!!!! It’s nice to see that we aren’t the only ones who feel this way! To read the full […]

Hilo Picked as One of 20 Cities Across North America to get a Paint Boost!

Did you hear? Hilo is one of the 20 cities across North America chosen to get some much needed revitalized paint jobs in the Downtown Hilo area. Benjamin Moore’s Paint What Matters contest winners will receive some sprucing up in their respective downtown areas.  Best of all? It’s FREE!!! The “revitalization package” will run a […]

Hiccup Children’s Circus, Night Market – First Friday, June 7

All welcome to join in some circus fun in Downtown Hilo on June 7th. This is a night to step out and dress up and bring the family. From 5pm The Hiccup Children’s Circus of Puna will be making appearances at businesses all around town in a fun filled procession. From 6pm they will be […]

Vote for Hilo’s New Paint Job

For having survived two tsunamis in the past 70 years, our town looks pretty darn good. But can you imagine how great Downtown Hilo would look with a complete brand-new paint job done all at once? Here’s our opportunity: Benjamin Moore Paints recently announced a promotion called “Main Street Matters.” They’re selecting 20 small town […]

First Friday Art and Music Events, April 5

Downtown Hilo’s First Friday Night Market brings art and entertainment to the street from 5 to 9pm. This month our theme is ‘FIRE’ and Laurali Firefly will be doing two fire performances at 6pm and 7.30pm.  There will be vending, street food and live music. All welcome to stop by ‘The Mamo Corner’ on Mamo […]

Wall Street Journal: Retire in Hilo

The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article on retiring in Hilo: Many retirees flock to the islands of Maui and Oahu, often overlooking The Big Island of Hawaii—and with it, some gems like the town of Hilo. The lifestyle on Hilo is a bit like Honolulu of decades past, before the flood of tourists […]

KapohoKine Adventures Moves to Bigger Location

Outdoor-lovers, campers and adventurers alike now have a larger selection of equipment and adventures right in downtown Hilo. KapohoKine Adventures — which offers air, land and sea activities island-wide, as well as a wide variety of camping equipment and local goods — has recently moved to a bigger location. The store is now located at […]

Schedule of Events: 11th Annual Hilo Chinese New Year Festival

The end of Year of the Dragon draws near and we gather this Saturday, February 9th on the eve of the Year of the Black Water Snake at the free 11th Annual Hilo Chinese New Year Festival, please join us and help spread the word about this exciting Schedule of Events: Hilo Information Center / Mooheau Bus […]

Mo’oheau Park Rededicated

A thoroughly renovated Mo‘oheau Park offering enhanced accessibility, usability and aesthetics was rededicated January 3 during a public ceremony that attracted residents and visitors to the popular downtown Hilo facility. Serving as the main transit point for Hele-On bus routes, the park’s bus terminal now features a new roof, windows, doors, skylights, paint and remodeled […]