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Hilo Introduction


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Hilo, the largest city on the island of Hawaii and the second largest in the state, is a must-see, daylong visit for garden enthusiasts and probably a half-day trip for everyone else.   Click here to see the full Hilo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilo Geography


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Hilo is located on the east, or windward, side of the Big Island. The city faces a large crescent bay, with the towering mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa as a backdrop.   Click here to see the full Hilo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilo History


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Polynesians were the first to arrive in the Hilo area around 1100. They inhabited Hilo Bay and established farms and fishing communities.  Click here to see the full Hilo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilo Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Of all the places we've visited in Hawaii, Hilo seems the least changed by the business of tourism. What is most striking about this multicultural, diverse city is how normal daily life appears. You'll see Japanese grandmothers tending anthuriums and orchids in their yards, Hawaiian fathers teaching the keiki (children) how to catch crabs in the harbor and folks of all ethnic backgrounds buying, selling and trading produce or fresh fish at Hilo Farmers Market. This is a community of friendly, laid-back people who are very family-oriented.  Click here to see the full Hilo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilo Nightlife


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If you're interested in searching out Hilo's limited nightlife, you're advised to stay within the Banyan Drive hotel row area.   Click here to see the full Hilo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilo Restaurants & Dining


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Hilo, being relatively unspoiled by tourism and still very much a glimpse into the Hawaiian way of life, is exceptionally well-suited to allow a sampling of local flavors.   Click here to see the full Hilo travel guide on Travel42 »

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