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What to See in Hilo Hawaii

What to See in Hilo Hawaii

Hilo in Hawaii was the first port of call on the Hawaii and French Polynesia cruise. It is on the big island of Hawaii and is on the east coast of the island.

It is very lush and green as it rains most of the time. I have been to Hilo many times and it never rained, but this time it poured! So, I now know why this part of Hawaii is so green!

So, what is there to see in Hilo? What can you see in one day?

There is a lot to see; the Hawaii Volcano National Park, the Nani Mau Botanical Gardens, Rainbow Falls, Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, Hilo Bay, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and the Big Island Candies Factory.

I was there for one day and this is what I saw on all day tour that lasted 8 hours:


Hawaii Volcano National Park

I went to the Hawaii Volcano National Park to see the big smoking crater, lava tubes and lava fields. The park is huge so you could spend all day there.

I spent a few hours and still saw a lot including the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum. That had loads of information, diagrams and models about the Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii, which is the largest active volcano in the world.

The Halema’uma’u Crater was amazing to see and it is still smoking and at night you can see the lava glowing. I walked through the Thurston Lava Tube, which is a cave that was formed by flowing lava!

The lava fields were interesting to see, it was black solid lava with the odd tree growing.

Nani Mau Botanical Gardens

We had a traditional Hawaiian lunch at the Nani Mau Botanical Gardens. The gardens were beautiful, full of tropical plants and flowers.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory & Big Island Candies

No visit to Hawaii is complete without a visit to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. To see how they make the different favours and coating them with chocolate and sample a few! Also, the macadamia nut ice cream is delicious, so I recommend trying that too. I had the coconut macadamia nut flavour, so good!

At the Big Island Candies Factory, we saw how they made the yummy cookies and of course sampled some cookies and their coffee.

What Did I Wear?

The day I was in Hilo it rained and it was warm and the sun came out every now and then. So, I wore shorts, tee, trainers, rain jacket, hat, backpack, sunglasses and I used my umbrella!


Essential Info

  • Weather: 23*C – 31*C All year round and high chances of rain
  • Language: English and Hawaiian
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Recommendations: Bring an umbrella, light weight rain jacket, sunglasses, wear sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, backpack, water bottle, camera or smart phone and portable phone charger.

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Have you been to Hilo? What would you recommend doing?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

What to See in Hilo Hawaii

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26 thoughts on “What to See in Hilo Hawaii

  1. we will visit Hilo very soon – Nov. 19th. .I love Hawaii and cruising with Princvess roundtrip from Los Angeles is a dream for me. I love days at Sea and still get to visit all the Hwaiian Islands. Lucy, thanks for sharing so much interesting points in your travels.

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  2. Hawaii are really like another world. I need to make plan to finally go there. I’ve been to Vesuvius, it’s time to see another volcano again! 🙂

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