- On Big Island
Hilo has so much to explore!
Rainbow Falls - No trip to Hilo is complete without a trip to Rainbow Falls. Take a short drive west on Waianuenue Street and follow the signs. Easy walking paths make for great viewing of the falls.
Rainbow Falls is about 80 ft tall!.If you are lucky you will get to see the rainbow at the bottom!
The falls are part of the Hawai'i State Parks. There is no fee to see the falls.
Plan to stay for a while and have a picnic! Or walk up the staircase to the left of the falls to explore the magnificent Banyan trees! >> Directions
Lyman Mission House and Museum - A natural history museum founded in 1931 in the Lyman family mission house, that was built in 1838. See examples of the way the Hawaiian people lived, including the tools and implements which were made from materials they had at hand (no metal!).
See the only display in the world of the bones of two flightless birds unique to Hawai`i – the Hawaiian Rail and a flightless goose.
A one-of-a-kind model of the flightless goose allows you to see what this extinct bird looked like.
The world-renowned mineral collection includes Orlymanite, the only known specimen of a rare mineral fully identified only in 1987 and named for the collector Orlando Lyman, great grandson of David and Sarah Lyman.
The special exhibits make this a place you will want to visit again and again! Directions
Richardson's Beach - The best choice for snorkeling on the east side of the Island and a great place for the the whole family to swim or enjoy exploring the shoreline. Usually open between 7am and 7pm and there is a lifeguard on duty. Picnic tables and showers.
2349 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, HI 96720 >> Directions
Akaka Falls State Park - A short drive west of Hilo. The hike to the falls is less than half a mile on a paved trail
located on the right shoulder of the deep gorge into which the waterfall plunges. Both Kahuna Falls. and Akaka Falls can be viewed from from the trail.
875 Akaka Falls Road, Honomu, HI 96728 >> Directions
Hilo Farmers Market- Wednesday and Saturday
6:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Over 200 local farmers and crafters
Kamehameha Ave & Mamo Street in Hilo >> Directions
Liliuokalani Gardens - This park's site was given by Queen Lili?uokalani.
The park now consists of Edo-style Japanese gardens The gardens contain Waihonu Pond as well as bridges, koi ponds, pagodas, statues and great views. Close to this park is Coconut Island,
connected to the park by a footbridge. Great place for a picnic and swimming. 93 Banyan Drive in Hilo >> Directions
Pacific Tsunami Museum - The museum preserve the social and cultural history of Hawai'i, and serves as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in past tsunami events.
130 Kamehameha Ave in Hilo. >> Directions
Kaumana Caves Park - A short drive from downtown Hilo. Be sure to wear strudy shoes and take a good flashlight or headlamp. There are two tunnels when you go down the stairs. The one to the left is more kid-friendly and is walkable the whole way through. You will find an underground stream and a couple of place where you can come out and get some fresh air.
1519 Kaumana Dr in Hilo >> Directions
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens - The only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. Admission is free. Plenty of animals to watch, picnic areas, and enormous playground for the kids and more.
Plan to visit on Saturday 1:30 - 2:30 for the petting zoo!
800 Stainback Hwy in Hilo >> Directions
Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery - Hawaii's lava, volcano, seascape and landscape photographers, specializing in Fine Art, Portrait, Commercial, and Sports Photography on the Big Island. Bruce Omori, Extreme Exposure co-owner, once again is a winner in the Nature’s Best Photography, Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition!
224 Kamehameha Ave #103 in Hilo. >> Directions