Hilo is located on the lush east side of Hawaii Island (the “Big Island”), the town frames a beautiful crescent bay. A 1.6 mile-long breakwater wall creates a protected harbor perfect for watersports and craft of all sizes, from paddleboards to cruise ships. Frequent outrigger canoe regattas race on Hilo Bay’s calm waters, teams practice daily. In earlier times, Hilo was a bustling port. Today, downtown Hilo’s historic waterfront district is home to landmark buildings, unique shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, cultural and interpretive centers, and lots of green space. Bordered by two rivers, the lush landscape is thanks in part to Hilo’s generous rainfall and in part to two devastating tsunamis; past destruction has been converted to parks that beautify the town. A constant stream of performances and cultural events spread throughout the downtown area, including popular monthly First Friday evenings, the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival week each April, and ongoing concerts and theater arts.
Hilo — where visitors and locals alike come together to truly experience aloha.