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Things to do in Hilo

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Awesome and so close to Hilo with easy access. You can hike a short distance to the top for a view of the "Boiling Pots".”
  • 93 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Great outdoor market with tons of local produce and goods. Definitely worth checking out when in the Hilo side. ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“How do you say sea turtle in Hawaiian? HONU! Richardson's is home to many Honu on the East Coast of Hawaii. A place where the shore stays calm and the temperatures stay cool, get out for a swim, a dip. Throw your blanket down and enjoy the day. Perfect spot for picknicks. Lifeguards are usually on duty and the vibe is fun and energetic. Remember, it is unlawful and fineable to touch the Honu. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great Ambiance located right across from the bay in a historical building. Food is good”
  • 61 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Pacific Tsunami Museum is a museum in Hilo, Hawaii dedicated to the history of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami which devastated much of the east coast of the Big Island, especially Hilo.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Hilo; Great ocean bay views ! Very nice restaurant with good lunch and dinner menus. Menu available on line.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Planetarium
“great place for kids, many hands on display's. got to their website and with the word of the day, save on admission ”
  • 44 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Hilo; Open air Restaurant/Bar with Real Good Food, Prices and Good Energy! Located downtown sometimes reservations might be in order !”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach
“Cold ground water enters the ocean here making an amazing brackish lagoon. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
History Museum
“The talks, usually held on Monday nights, dive deep into Hawaiian history, culture, natural history, and lore.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“My all time favorite restaurant for local and American foods at very reasonable prices. Easy parking in Hilo. We like to order our meals but take them out and enjoy them at Liliuokalani Gardens while watching the waves and enjoying the gardens.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“It’s close to Hilo town. I’ll often park my car, walk over to a spot that overlooks Hilo bay and eat lunch.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Hilo; Great Lunch or afternoon place to eat. Fresh Poke with lots of choices . . the rice bowls are particulary good ! Also fresh fish off the boats located on the water. If you like sushi you'll like this place ! Don't be afraid to ask for tastes they'll give you a toothpick with a sample. Can be busy at times!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“IHop, TJ Maxx, Zippys, Macy’s, Maui Tacos, Old Navy and other eateries and stores! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Zoo
“Nice little zoo that is entrance by donation. Good for little kids and grownup kids ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Theatre
“The Palace Theater is an historic building that stages plays, musical performances, movies, and live entertainment. I don't know why the photo shows food since they don't serve any. ”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great Ambiance located right across from the bay in a historical building. Food is good”
  • 61 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Hilo; Open air Restaurant/Bar with Real Good Food, Prices and Good Energy! Located downtown sometimes reservations might be in order !”
  • 45 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“My all time favorite restaurant for local and American foods at very reasonable prices. Easy parking in Hilo. We like to order our meals but take them out and enjoy them at Liliuokalani Gardens while watching the waves and enjoying the gardens.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Best Lilikoi margaritas. Friendly staff and owner. Good food and upbeat environment. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“Our favorite burger place in Hilo. Fair prices and good burgers and fries. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“HILO - Homestyle Japanese dishes featuring locally sourced produce & fish served in a chill atmosphere”
  • 25 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
“The mixologist here is unreal, very small but amazing place. Call ahead to make sure they have room for you. If you get in try a little bit of everything, the flavors are amazing.”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Hilo; Nice Restaurant overlooking ice pond/koi pond on the water. Good menu and good food (Upscale American/Seafood). Live music and great atmosphere . Menu available on line and reservations recommended.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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