Hilo might be the Big Island’s largest settlement but it’s a laid back coastal place, with some classic old buildings and wooden storefronts. The town is on Hilo Bay, overlooked by the volcanoes Manua Loa and Mauna Kea.
In town, visit the Pacific Tsunami Museum to learn about the wild waves that have pounded this coast over the centuries. The town also boasts galleries, gardens, missionary churches, macadamia factories and the well-regarded Lyman Museum, providing insights into the Big Island’s natural history.Prismatic colors flash at Rainbow Falls, just outside town, and waterfalls pour into pools known as the Boiling Pots.
Seeing the lava glow was impressive. Fun and educational.
Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Mathew was the best guide ever. His knowledge, information and easy quips about the island, the volcanoes and the history of the people, kept us all informed, and sometimes laughing. Altho it did rain off and on, that did not deter our stops for sightseeing, walks and tours of interesting places. We highly recommend the TWIGHLITE TOUR as it give more of the visual aspects of the lava flows and steam vents. we WOULD do the same tour again should we visit the big island another time.
This was a wonderful learning day! Our guide, Christina, was so knowledgeable. She is a college biology teacher (Dr.) and gave us so much information. The trip was well organized, meals and snacks were wonderful. We liked having only 8 in the group. We learned so much about volcanoes, rainforest (with a walk through), lava tubes (another walk through), lava beds, dessert and history of the area!
The county capital, Hilo is on the mid-east coast of the Big Island. State Highway 11 links the city with other towns on the island.