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Its lush, tropical landscape and unparalleled waterfalls attract many visitors. It rains a lot in Hilo which helps keep the landscape green and the harvest plentiful. The largest city on Hawai`i Island, the first inhabitants arrived in this area in 1100 A.D., making Hilo the oldest city in the Hawaiian archipelago.… There are a few theories behind Hilo’s namesake; one theory is that it was named after the first night of the new moon, another theory is that the city was named after Hilo, a famous Polynesian navigator. In the 1800’s Hilo became a cornerstone of commerce and industry stemming from the arrival of the sugar cane plantation era. This new and rapidly expanding industry engulfed most of the community with the arrival of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Portuguese immigrants. These individuals came to Hilo looking for work on its massive sugar cane plantations. Fast forward to present day Hilo, it has become a literal melting pot of culture and a place where diversity is celebrated. Deeply connected to Hawaiian Culture, Hilo serves as a foundation where traditional practices are passed down from generation to generation. A great example of this would be the annual Merrie Monarch Festival, a hula competition where the art of dance is passed down from Kumu (teacher) of Hula to their haumāna (students). This authentic cultural festival also showcases some of the best Hawaiian arts and crafts, along with a wonderful parade that celebrates Hawaiʻi’s past and present. Known as a working man’s town, Hilo’s primary industry is not tourism, but rather industrial contribution to this rapidly growing island. Hilo is known for its focus on family events, sports, agricultural farming, open farmers markets, art, delicious family owned restaurants and small businesses..
There are many ways to see Hawaii, but nothing compares to viewing this gorgeous island from the sky. Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tours offer an array of different aerial experiences.
Kickback and enjoy spectacular views of Hilo Bay, the Hamakua Coastline and majestic Mauna Kea from this awesome retro Hawaiian-style hotel.
A few of our favorites include their Korean Ahi, Blackened Ahi, Hawaiian Style Poke and Furikake Poke.
OK farms sits on 1,000 acres nestled up against the Wailuku River in a small area called Pueo.
Primarily supported by a group of devoted volunteers, East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center hosts an impressive schedule of art exhibits, performance art theater, musical performances and youth art classes focused on supporting and inspiring future artists of Hawai`i.
Wailoa Center is home to East Hawaiʻi’s local art scene and serves as the largest venue for showcasing the work of local artists, community groups and cultural events.
Opening their doors over 20 years ago, this little mochi shop on Kilauea Avenue has obtained fame across the Hawaiian Islands as the mochi shop of choice! With recipes straight out of O bāchan’s (Japanese translation for grandma) kitchen.
Named the Booch Bar for its fresh kombucha drinks, this down to earth hotspot serves up more than just mushroom inspired refreshments.
Affectionately known as Kenichi’s, this local Japanese restaurant is becoming increasingly popular for their savory food and expedient customer service.
Whether you are just arriving after a long flight, or find yourself out for a night on the town, Big Island Reviews has compiled a list of restaurants and bars open until 10 PM or later for your convenience.
Most of the fruit is grown organically right there on their farm in the snug town of Pepeekeo.
Enjoy watching the brilliant Hawiian sunset, then stroll over to Seaside for delicious, high-quality locally grown food.
Located on beautiful Hilo Bay, Suisan fish market has some of the best poke in the State of Hawaii.
The food they serve is genuinely a labor of love. Every spoonful of smooth wholesome curry, or fork full of tender rice and noodles is cooked to unmitigated perfection.
Hawaiian Style is one of our staple breakfast and lunch spots in Hilo and Waimea.
This TINY blue storefront serves up some of the most delicious, freshest, and highest quality poke on the Big Island.
A few of our favorite goodies at Big Island Candies include the chocolate covered brownies, the Mika Chocolates, and the chocolate dipped shortbread cookies.
This restaurant is serving up delicious locally grown food in a unique fashion.
This restaurant is open 7 days a week, and boasts an amazing brunch menu as well.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Hilo with a fresh modern Hawaiian style feel, then look no further.
Whether you live here or are visiting, this tropical natural wonder will inspire and rejuvenate your appreciation of nature.
Visit the tallest waterfall in the state of Hawaii, coming in at 442 feet, almost twice the height of Niagara Falls!
This East side surf spot is just minutes away from downtown Hilo!
These Japanese gardens have walking paths, scenic views of Hilo bay, and a lush landscape to enjoy!
Welcome to the LARGEST farmers market on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Nicoco Hawaiian Gelato is locally sourced ingredients including fresh tropical island fruits and flowers.
This local favorite has something for the whole family to enjoy!
A staple breakfast spot in Hilo providing its patrons with a warm atmosphere and full stomachs!
This new American/Japanese cuisine cafe almost seems to float above the city of Hilo!
Jackie Rey’s is a fabulous sit-down restaurant with locations in both Hilo and Kona.
Pau hana time? Head to The Temple for a divine experience.
Find out why Pineapples is trending on Instagram.
Locally sourced and locally brewed, Ola Brewery lives up to their name.
Hilo Bay Cafe is surrounded by the scenic Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, massive Banyan trees and the sparkling Hawaiian waters of Hilo Bay.
Your golden ticket to a chocolate paradise.
Wiggle your toes in the powdery white sand of the tidepools while being surrounded by marine life!
Pho that warms your soul!