What to see

Hilo has deep cultural roots going back to the times before King Kamehameha. There is a renaissance of Hawaiian language. You will find a slower pace of life. If you are looking for an older Hawaii, dig a little deeper and you will find plenty to captivate you, you will also find the influence, since the time of the sugar plantations, of the many other cultures as well.

Find many local flavors

Great places to Eat in Hilo

In Downtown Hilo you will find a lot of ‘farm to table’ dining plus excellent sushi and fresh caught fish. Small local restaurants offer menus of various cuisines from around the world.

Just across from The Lotus Garden you will find a restaurant with open air dining and live music nightly. In the same block:  Sushi, a Tacqueria, a great Thai restaurant and The Farmer’s Market Kitchen.

Town is only three blocks long. Take a walk and discover  there are plenty of choices very close to home base..



Hilo’s Alternative Bar Culture

Find Tea, Kava & Kombucha bars in Hilo

Along Keawe (Kay-ah-vay) street  are three bars that don’t serve alcohol but are well worth checking out if you are looking for a way to relax and enjoy Hilo’s slow, friendly vibe.


Fresh & Local

Hilo Farmer’s Market

7 DAYS, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Every day you will find fruits flowers and vegetables rain or shine. On Wednesdays and Saturdays Hilo Farmers Market is a major hub for farmers and flower growers as well as specialty food producers creating local organically sourced products.  Hamakua side of Mamo Street (North) you find produce and Puna side (South) you will find crafts. During cruise ship season, Tuesdays also sees crafts for sale.

Cultural and Fun

Rainy Day things to do..

Museums, Astronomy Center & Hilo’s historic movie theater..

The Palace Theater is a historic theater and screens a Sunday matinee. The Lyman Museum & The Tsunami Museum feature the island’s rich history. Mokupapapa Marine Discovery Center offers the chance to see a huge aquarium as well as displays about Ocean ecology.  Visit The East Hawaii Cultural Center to find art on display. Alternatively, check the schedule of The Imiloa Astronomy Center for a daily planetarium show and astronomy exhibits (10 minutes drive from downtown Hilo).

Gourmet Living

Shopping for food and supplies

For provisions; there are two small, well stocked food stores on the ‘Bayfront’ of Hilo. There’s also a local supermarket and an excellent wine store in the same block as The Lotus Garden. Also next door: chocolate makers. Just 500 yards away is a famous ‘mochi shop.’

Downtown Hilo

Shopping & Browsing

Hawaiian Design interests you? Looking for vintage items from bygone plantation eras of Hawaii? You will find these here in Downtown Hilo. While downtown, browse Galleries or artisan stores featuring Hawaiian crafts.