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02/26/13

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While Kona my be a more popular tourist destination there are plenty of things to do in Hilo and the surrounding areas.  Generally the weather is quite pleasant in Hilo with showers mostly in the evenings.  The landscape is lush with greenery everywhere.  Here are a few activities to keep you busy while on your vacation.  Some of them are only minutes away from this vacation rental.
Kaumana Caves:
Travel up Hwy 200 about 4 miles and  you will find Kaumana Caves which were formed by a volcanic eruption.

Volcano National Park:
This National Park is a 45 minute drive and every bit worth it.  For just $10.00 you can spend the whole day in the park and even come back for the entire week.  There are numerous aspects of Kilauea volcano to explore on a well designed tour.

(Lava Tube- Volcano National Park)

(Rainbow Falls)

Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza:
A state of the art shopping center located in Hilo featuring such stores as:

Macy's, Hilo Hattie, Safeway, Longs and 60+ others.
Across the street you will find Wal-Mart, Office Max, Ross' Dress for Less, Home Depot and more.
 

(Akaka Falls)

Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls:
Also up Hwy 200 about three miles  you will find Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots- two very popular tourist attractions.  Akaka Falls can be found several miles north of Hilo.

 

Old Hilo Town:
Don't forget to set aside lots of time to explore Old Hilo Town.  Here you will find a wonderful mix of the old and the new.  You will also find some great places to eat.  Foods of all kinds are available.  Here is one of my personal favorites!

(Ocean Sushi Deli- Hilo Town)

 

 

 

 

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo:
This could be the best value on the island.  You can explore acres of rainforest for free.  Animals that are unique can be found throughout the zoo areas.  Located just 4 miles out of Hilo this one is a must see.

 

(Tropical birds are just one of the many attractions at the zoo)

Swimming, snorkeling and surfing:
It really does not take that much effort to be able to do all of these activities.  While Hilo does not boast the kind of white sand beaches found in the Kona area (or the other islands) places for these kinds of activities are found up and down the eastern coast of the Big Island.  There are several swim able beaches in the Hilo area.

 

Travel Times:
To Kona- 1hr. 50 minutes (via Saddle Road)
To Honokaa- 1 hr.
To Volcano- 45 min

 

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