A Quick Look at Hilo


Welcome to post two in our Hawaii series. Last time, we covered Kaanapali, Maui and today we’re going to take a look at things to do in Hilo. Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo features gorgeous waterfalls, picturesque gardens and rainforests aplenty. If you are lucky enough to visit Hilo, here are just a few of the things you can consider doing while you are there:

Go rainbow hunting in Rainbow Falls – Seated in Wailuku River State Park are the Rainbow Falls. This 80- foot drop of gushing water promises beautiful rainbows formed in the surrounding mist. Further upland from the Rainbow Falls along the Wailuku River are the Peepee Falls which fall into the “Boiling Pots”. These famous pools of water bubble like a boiling pot of water and are “connected by a series of cascading water flows alongside hexagonal columns formed by the slow cooling of basalt lava.” (source) Even though you may be tempted, don’t take a dip in the boiling pots or in the waters of the Rainbow Falls as they are both considered unsafe for swimming.

Wander through the Farmer’s Market – Located in historic Downtown Hilo, the Farmer’s Market features more than 200 vendors and is considered to be a “must see” attraction of the area. From local crafts and plants to fresh produce and specialty foods, there is something for everyone at the Hilo Farmer’s Market. As an added bonus, there are often concerts of Reggae, rock, Hawaiian and other styles of music performed for free for spectators to enjoy.

Go Nuts! Macadamia nuts that is – The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation has a factory located in Hilo where you can visit, tour and enjoy free samples of island treats not available anywhere else in the world. You’ll drive three miles through macadamia nut orchards to view the nut and chocolate processing plant as well as watch cooking demonstrations.


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Have we convinced you it’s time to book a trip to Hilo? If so, contact Travel Makers of Maryland today and we’ll help you create the perfect Hawaiian getaway!