Grand Naniloa Hotel is on the beautiful Hilo Bay at the point of the Waiakea Peninsula. Downtown Hilo is 1 mile away and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 25 ...
Located to the east of the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo is the largest settlement on the island. Though the University of Hawaii at Hilo is located here, Hilo is no party town. Where some of the world's most astounding hiking trails lead to hidden treasures like Akara Falls inland, the shores look out to Coconut Island, and you can grasp the real beauty of the island's flora at numerous state parks and gardens. Native heritage abounds at the Lyman Museum and the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo Bay, while further east, Richardson Beach Park entices leisure-seekers to sit down and switch off, watching the excited snorkelers, kayakers and sea-turtle spotters that congregate here.
Waipio Valley needs to be your first stop when staying in Hilo. Waipio Valley is both a cultural and historical site, and it was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha, the first King of Hawaii. With cliffs over 2,000-feet-high, Waipio used to be home to thousands of local people and is now a real challenge on the legs for serious hikers, with more friendly paths for sightseers. Book a guide, and you can also hear all the fascinating legends, stories and facts that come with Waipio.
Akaka Falls State Park is easily accessible and only a short uphill walk to get to surroundings so exotic and stunning that pictures wouldn't even come close to capturing the scenery. Rainforest undergrowth reveals awe-inspiring natural features like Kahunda falls, standing at 100 feet, and the eponymous Akaka Falls, a 442-foot-high waterfall that plunges into a beautiful gorge. Easily Hawaii's most well-known hike, the journey to this beautiful creation of Mother Nature's takes less than an hour.
Essential viewing for anyone interested in Hawaii's story, the heritage exhibitions at Lyman Museum and Mission House chart the course of the island's people, from early fishermen and tribal hierarchy to the sugar plantations of the 1800s and how these events shaped the Big Island forever.
The curve of Hilo Bay's beautiful ocean-side parks reaches its end with Banyan Drive, where you can find most of Hilo's accommodations: a mixture of golfing resorts (Banyan Golf Course is just south of here) and palm-flanked hotels. There's good access to Lili`uokalani Park and Gardens, as well as the bridge to the park on tiny Coconut Island.
Most hotels average around $90 per night, and can go all the way up to $500 a night if you want that luxurious 5-star experience with every accommodation imaginable. You don't need a fancy hotel, though, to get the full experience of Hilo, and most of the cheaper hotels are located right on the beach, so you can get that fresh ocean air in the morning without emptying your wallet.
It's probably hard to believe that every great thing you've heard about Hawaiian weather is true, but it is. The Big Island of Hawaii has a tropical rainforest climate and there is absolutely no dry season here, so for those who want warmth without a stifling atmosphere, this is perfect. The warm months are from July to October with highs averaging around 83 degrees and lows at night at a nice 70 degrees. The winter highs are about 78 with lows that never dip much below 64. Whether you want to come visit in January or June, you are promised a dazzling, comfortable environment.
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