Hilo is a small town nestled into the east side of the “Big Island” of Hawaii, situated upon two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Locals take pride in its status as a small town, and have rebuilt it several times in the last 200 years after natural disasters ravaged the land. The residents in Hilo praise its natural wonders and lush greenery, and visitors often can’t help but do the same.
The Hilo Farmer’s Market in historic downtown is not one to be missed. Open every day of the week (times vary), the market can host up to 200 farmers and crafters at once. What started in 1988 with just four farmers selling produce out of their cars, the market is now consistently ranked as one of the best farmer’s markets in the U.S.
Queen Liliuokalani Gardens is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. The 30-acre Japanese garden was dedicated in 1917 as a nod to the first Japanese immigrants to worked on the Hawaiian sugar cane fields. Today, this garden boasts a teahouse, pagodas, bridges over ponds, and is in close proximity to Coconut Island Park. Take the day to explore the garden, then head over to Coconut Island Park where tourists and locals alike enjoy splashing in a public pool, jumping off a stone marker into the ocean, and relaxing on the shore.
Just a 30-mile drive away from Hilo is Hawaii Volcano National Park, the most visited attraction on the island. Not only does the park preserve the natural habitat of the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes, it also allows scientists to gather information about the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and the earth. You can get here via car, public bus, or commercial tour bus.
Getting to Hilo is fairly straightforward. If coming from outside the islands, fly into Hilo International Airport and use the public bus to get to your lodging. Or, rent a private car so you can use it to explore the island during your stay. The Hele-On Bus is the public bus system that will get you where you need to go in Hilo.
Tripping.com offers over 250 vacation rentals to choose from in Hilo. For those who are visiting Hilo to experience the historic downtown, pick a rental near the center of town. Some rentals provide dramatic, oceanfront view, while others are more humble and allow guests to stay in Hilo while on a budget.
Downtown Hilo has various local shops, as well as a few chain stores for tourists to visit. Skip the chain stores, though, because many of the 100+ year old wooden storefronts are on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown also houses a few art galleries featuring local works that capture the unique perspective residents have of Hilo. Kamehameha Avenue is your best bet for restaurants and shops, so start there are see where your stroll takes you.
Looking for a vacation rental in Hilo? Tripping.com has 332 vacation rental homes available in Hilo. You'll find 12 studios, 163 1-bedroom, 64 2-bedroom and 93 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $35 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Hilo is $159 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Hilo home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 26 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Hilo. In addition to accommodating pets, Hilo rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 274 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 239 have TV and/or cable and 72 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 8 vacation rental sites in Hilo where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Booking.com. There are 189 HomeAway rentals, 68 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 52 Booking.com vacation rentals.