The town of Hilo on the Big Island’s eastern coast has a rich history. As the first seat for King Kamehameha’s government, one could say it was the Kingdom of Hawaii’s first capitol. His son Liholiho, Kamehameha II, was born in Hilo as well.
Here’s some of the things that make Hilo so special.
The Wonders of Hilo Town
The vibrance of the town’s spirit is like the waters gushing over nearby Rainbow Falls; steadily crashing yet relaxing. Hawaii volcano tours stop here and offer you the chance to experience the majesty of one of Hawaii’s biggest waterfalls.
Hilo has been a long-time hidden hideaway of Hawaii and Banyan Drive is living proof. In 1933 the first trees were planted by movie stars and baseball legend “Babe” Ruth. Since then trees have been planted by notable figures like Amelia Earhart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon, Thomas A. Jaggar, Louis Armstrong, and Arthur Godfrey.
The size of these massive and shady trees is masked only by the accomplishments of those who have planted them.
Hilo is home to one of Hawaii’s most popular exports: macadamia nuts. The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation is the world’s largest processor of macadamia nuts, allowing people everywhere to enjoy the crunchier side of Hawaii.
Big Island Candies also calls Hilo home. The world renown company has been using the freshest local ingredients to create the most delicious chocolates and cookies for over 30 years.
The sweets of Big Island Candies and the crunch of Mauna Loa Macadamias have been longtime local favorites and make delicious ways to taste some of Hawaii’s best flavors.
From Hawaiian kings to local treats, Hilo town is a great way to experience the diversity of attractions of Hawaii’s youngest island.
Join us on Big Island Volcano Tours and see the amazing treasures of Hilo!