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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.
Café
“This Market is on Wednesday evenings and has live music, dancing, food vendors, a full bar, crafts, clothing, and flowers. It’s a bit of a drive but worth the time to enjoy a unique evening!”
  • 97 locals recommend
Park
“Right across from Our Gallery, House of Fire, and Uncle Robert’s Marketplace. Short walk, 1/4 mile, ~15 minutes or so. Beautiful coastline, swimming discouraged. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Carming and authentic Hawaiian open-air (covered) bar and festival. Wednesday nights LIve music, dancing, hot food vendors, Bananarama vegan bakery, vegan coconut ice cream, hawaiian shirts, Hawaii Made art and crafts, locally made "filthy farmgirl" soap, organic veggies and fruit.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Currently no lava is flowing on the Big Island. The boat trip along the coast includes great views of waterfalls and dolphin and possible whale sightings. It leaves from Hilo harbor ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Food
“An incredible piece of old Hawaii plus local Wednesday gathering place for music and food. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“fascinating with 1000's of replanted coconut palms. Kalapana bay was filled with lava in 1991. New black sand beach formed. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Kaimū was a small town that was completely destroyed by an eruptive flow of lava from the Kūpaʻianahā vent of the Kīlauea volcano in 1990. In Hawaiian, kai mūmeans "gathering [at the] sea" as to watch surfing. Today you can enjoy the short walk from the parking area to the new black sand beach being formed. This beautiful spot is a humbling reminder of the forces at work on the Big Island and the constant process of renewal that the people here live with day to day.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Locality
“ Covered by Lava in 1984, homes and Ohana are building again for a new community. the aloha spirit lives on!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Must See! Our Family owned and operated local art gallery and pottery. Next to Uncle Roberts Market and Kaimu Beach Park. Mahalo!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Beautiful ocean views, scenery, Issac Hale Beach Park for swimming, picnicking, surfing, Lava Cast forest, tree canopy over the road. Our favorite drive and one we highly recommend for our guests.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“Only 3 miles away, great place to get your last minute goodies and spirit drinks, even has a deli shop!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Rent a bike and ride out to the lava entry point. Wear long pants. You may see some park rangers, and they can point you to lava flows up hill. Make sure you wear closed toe shoes, and bring plenty of water. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Karuna uses our pottery in her sweet cafe right next door to House of Fire. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Kaimu Cafe has groceries and a small deli/cafe. Uncle Roberts Awa Bar has live music and food vendors on Wednesday and Friday evenings.”
  • 1 local recommends