When you fly into Hilo International Airport (ITO) on Hawaii s Big Island, you will land in Hilo Town, which overlooks Hilo Bay. Sometimes called the tsunami capital of the United States , as the town of Hilo is on two shield volcanoes; the active Mauna Loa and the dormant Mauna Kea, which is now home to various observatories, which watch the night sky.
Despite Hilo s volcanic history, the town itself is rather peaceful and beautiful. Attractions in Hilo include the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo Art Museum and lots of local shops and restaurants.
Downtown Hilo which has some lovely local shops and restaurants, or alternatively the Prince Kuhio Plaza has all the larger shops.
Hilo Farmers Market is a great place for cheap food, especially tropical fruit, and don t forget to try some homemade ice cream, something Hilo is famous for!
Down in the Bayfront District, surfing is a big attraction, as well as Richardson s Ocean Park, a popular area to BBQ, snorkel and relax.
Four Mile is another good swimming spot to see turtles. Kaumana Caves are fun to explore, and a bit further afield, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is stunning to look at. Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls are nearby too.
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