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Hawaii Island’s Happening Hub

On the east side of Hawaii Island lies warm, rainy Hilo. It’s the second largest city in Hawaii and a major gateway to adventure.

Hilo’s proximity to everything makes it an easy place to have fun. The whole town is a hotbed of history, shopping, and dining. Shop ‘till you drop downtown, then rejuvenate at a tropical park or museum that's just a few doors down. It’s easy to drive in and out of Hilo in a snap, and popular destinations like Volcanoes National Park are less than an hour away. No matter how much time you have on Hawaii Island, add a visit to Hilo to your itinerary

Our Hotels on Hawaii Island

Aston Kona by the Sea

Kailua-Kona • Condominium • Resort
  • all suites
  • leisure
  • oceanfront
  $460 per night per night not available for selected dates



Shores at Waikoloa

Waikoloa • Condominium • Resort
  • classic
  • good value
  • all suites
  $184 per night per night not available for selected dates



Waikoloa Colony Villas

Waikoloa • Condominium • Resort
  • all suites
  • family-friendly
  • leisure
  $184 per night per night not available for selected dates



Must Go
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Must Do
  1. Garden & Wildlife Tours
    Garden & Wildlife Tours

    Enjoy the beautiful parks and nature reserves in Hilo. The only tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S. is here (Panaewa Rainforest Zoo), and the surreal plantlife at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens is less than ten minutes away. 

  2. History and Culture at the museum
    History and Culture

    Experience the history and culture of Hawaii at Hilo’s multiple museums, landmarks, and cultural events. See stars the ancient Hawaiian way at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Or travel 150 years back in time at the Lyman Museum and Mission House.

  3. Shopping in Hilo on the Island of Hawaii

    Hilo is home to markets, small shops, and shopping centers perfect for whatever you need to enjoy your vacation. Go downtown to shop for a souvenir in the storefronts, then head over to the Hilo Farmer’s Market for fresh food, crafts, and festivities.

  4. Papakolea green sand beach
    Road Trip

    If you’ve got the drive, you can get to Hawaii Island’s most attractive destinations in no time. In 90 minutes or less, you can drive from Hilo to the Waipio Valley or Mauna Kea. In just two hours, you can drive to the green-sand Papakolea Beach, or the sunny Kona Coast.