Nestled in between the slopes of majestic Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the tropical winward side of the Big Island, the Hilo District is a beautiful tropical paradise that is an adorned with cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers, and ubiquitous displays of tropical flowers and foliage. Historic Hilo town, situated just in-land from the beautiful black sand beach that rings tranquil Hilo Bay, is a favorite with visitors who relish the opportunity to browse among the historic buildings that house an array of art galleries, gift shops and restaurants. Hilo Town is the main port and government center for the Big Island, but it has escaped the commercialism of most Hawaii visitor destinations and still enjoys a relaxed " kick back" ambience, friendly locals and mom-and-pop shops that allow visitors to step back in time and experience true Hawaii and genuine Aloha.
Hilo, situated on the non-commercialized east side of the Big Island, is the ideal home base for visitors to discover the wonders of the Big Island and to experience the genuine "aloha" and culture of historic Hilo town. Centrally located, allowing visitors easy access to the islands most spectacular scenic spots, Hilo is within a short drive of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, isolated black sand beaches, thermal ponds, breathtaking waterfalls, pristine swimming and snorkeling, the lush Hamakua coast, untamed Puna and majestic Mauna Kea.
Hilo's lush tropical environment enhanced by fresh tropical breezes, verdant foliage and wild flowers provides visitors with an experience that is totally tropical and truly unique.
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