Sightseeing Guide

Basically Books Guide to Hilo

 

Scenic Route

Drive the scenic route of the old Mamalahoa Highway north of Hilo to step back into old Hawai‘i. Off Hwy. 19 at Onomea. This is…
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Honoli’i Beach Park

Climb down the steps to this popular local surfing site at Honoli‘i Beach Park, where Honoli‘i Stream empties into the Pacific Ocean. Hwy. 19 at…
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Richardson’s Ocean Center

Experience the abundance of Hawai‘i’s seashore environment and swim or snorkel at Richardson’s Ocean Center and Park. Hwy. 137 in Keaukaha.
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Four Mile Beach

Plunge into the spring fed shoreline waters at Four-mile Beach Park. Across the street is an aquafarm raising mullet, trout and tilapia. Hwy. 137 in…
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Onekahakaha Beach Park

Stop at Onekahakaha Beach Park to explore the tide pools and refresh yourself at the natural wading pool. Hwy. 137 in Keaukaha.
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Keaukaha

Drive along the scenic shoreline following Kalaniana‘ole Ave. through Keaukaha to Richardson’s Beach. Hwy. 137.

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Kaumana Caves

Climb down into the bowels of the earth to see the lush ferns of Kaumana Caves in this natural cave, a lava tube formed by…
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Boiling Pots

On a clear day enjoy the breathtaking view of Mauna Kea from the lookout above Boiling Pots on the Wailuku River. Gaze at the power…
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Rainbow Falls

Early morning is the best time to view rainbows at the world-famous Rainbow Falls. Turn right off Hwy. 200, up Waianuenue Ave.
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Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

Experience the beauty of America’s only rainforest zoo environment. Be sure to visit Namaste, our white tiger. Off Hwy. 11.
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Waiakea Tsunami Memorial Clock

Experience the poignancy of viewing the clock that stopped forever when the tsunami struck at 1:05 a.m. on May 23, 1960. It had been the…
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Naha Stone

Test your strength on the Naha Stone at the Hilo Public Library. Weighing an estimated 3.5 tons, it was reputed to have been moved by…
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Wailuku River

While crossing the Wailuku River bridges, watch with fascination the waters of the Wailuku River swirling around the natural rock formation known as “Maui’s Canoe”.
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Federal Building

Observe the stately architecture of the historic building originally constructed in 1917. It houses government offices, including the downtown branch of the U.S. Post Office.…
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Kalakaua Park

Saunter through Kalakaua Park and pause at the statue of King Kalakaua, who designated this site as a park during his reign. A memorial to…
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East Hawaii Cultural Center

View works of the talented local artists currently exhibiting and enjoy live theater, dance or special presentations.
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Pacific Tsunami Museum

View the ongoing exhibit in the front lobby of the historic Kress Building which features photos of tsunamis which devastated Hilo in 1946 and 1960.…
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Mokupapapa Discovery Center

A coral reef educational center sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration features interactive and interpretive displays.A saltwater aquarium and large models of marine…
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Mo’oheau Park & Bandstand

Enjoy the charm of the Mo‘oheau Bandstand, which hosts concerts by the Hawai‘i County Band and other community functions. The Information Office located there is…
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Farmers Market

Enjoy the colorful flowers, delicious local produce and handcrafted products found at the Hilo Farmers Market and Mamo Market (Wed. & Sat.).
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Kamehameha Statue

View the Kamehameha Statue, which honors King Kamehameha I, the first chief to unite the islands under one rule and a native of the Island…
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Vietnam Memorial

Pause a moment at the Memorial, which honors soldiers who gave their lives in service to our country.
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Tsunami Memorial

Adjacent to the visitor center, visit the Shinmachi Memorial, erected in memory of the residents who were casualties of the 1960 tsunami that devastated the…
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Wailoa Art Center

See the current Art Show or Exhibit featuring our talented local artists. Exhibit changes monthly.
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Wailoa State Park

Walk the curving “rainbow” bridges of Wailoa State Park while watching the fishermen at Wailoa Ponds.
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Hilo Bay Beach

Ramble along the crescent shaped black sand beach fronting Hilo Bay at Bayfront Park. While beach-combing, watch for canoe paddlers during race season. Kamehameha I…
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Happiness Garden

Enjoy this quaint little park overlooking Hilo Bay which offers a commanding view of Hilo’s Black Sand Beach, and the majestic mountain, Mauna Kea.
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Suisan Fish Pier

Experience the sights and sounds of the early morning activity as boats arrive with freshly caught fish. Ahi, ono and mahimahi are some of the…
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Lili’uokalani Park

Circle Lili‘uokalani Park, enjoying the ambience of this 30 acre park designed in Japanese Shinto style. See the Sumo Wrestling Pit, Tea House, Bicentennial Rock…
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Coconut Island

Cross the bridge to Mokuola (Coconut Island), used in ancient times as a place for healing. It is now a popular spot for picnics and…
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Banyan Drive

Stroll along Banyan Drive and imagine its luxurious banyan trees as little saplings, many of which were planted by celebrities including Amelia Earhart and Babe…
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Reed’s Bay

Pause at Reed’s Bay to view the small boats at anchor and the ships docked at Hilo Harbor in the distance. The chilly water of…
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