Ex­plore Hilo

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

Curv­ing grace­fully around the rim of Hilo Bay, the town of Hilo is nes­tled on the slopes of three vol­ca­noes and is home to nearly 41,000 res­i­dents. Hilo is also home to the an­nual Mer­rie Monarch Fes­ti­val, a ma­jor vis­i­tor at­trac­tion each spring. This year, it’s slated for March 31-April 6, 2013.

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

Tourism may not be as no­tice­able here, but there’s plenty to do. Hawai‘i Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park is a short drive from Hilo, as are the scenic Ha­makua Coast, Mauna Loa Ma­cadamia Nut’s vis­i­tor cen­ter and Hawai‘i Trop­i­cal Botan­i­cal Garden. The Pa­cific Tsunami Mu­seum and Ly­man Mu­seum are lo­cated in town, along with the Palace The­ater, Big Is­land Can­dies, ‘Imiloa As­tron­omy Cen­ter and a fa­mous farm­ers’ mar­ket.

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