Ex­plore Hilo

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - HILO/HAMAKUA COAST -

Hilo, curv­ing grace­fully around the rim of Hilo Bay, is nes­tled on the slopes of three vol­ca­noes. It houses the is­land’s government of­fi­cials and nearly 41,000 res­i­dents.

One of the wettest towns in the United States, Hilo boasts a rain­fall av­er­age of about 128 inches a year. The rain cre­ates gush­ing wa­ter­falls and wa­ters a myr­iad of ex­otic flow­ers.

Tourism is less no­tice­able here than on the Kona side of the is­land, but there’s plenty to do. Hawai‘i Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park is a short drive from Hilo. The scenic Ha­makua Coast is close by, as well. The Pa­cific Tsunami Mu­seum and the Ly­man Mu­seum are lo­cated in town, along with the Palace The­ater and Big Is­land Can­dies. Mauna Loa Ma­cadamia Nut’s vis­i­tor cen­ter and Hawai‘i Trop­i­cal Botan­i­cal Garden are short drives out of town.

‘Imiloa As­tron­omy Cen­ter, a fa­mous farm­ers mar­ket and the an­nual Mer­rie Monarch Fes­ti­val are ma­jor vis­i­tor at­trac­tions.

• Ly­man Mu­seum (808) 935-5021

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