Island Paradise: Discovering Hilo, Hawaii

Tucked away on the East side of the Big Island, Hilo is your tropical hidden gem! A wonderful place full of beautiful scenery and many activities that appeal to everyone! Hilo is where I call home and it is often overlooked by many visitors and tourists! So, I decided to share some of my favorite picks for things to do here in Hilo!

1. Beaches

Hilo is a great town for all things outdoors. Surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or just relaxing on the beach. So let’s go ahead and kick off with some of Hilo’s best beaches! If you’re looking to go surfing, Hilo Bayfront and Honoli’i are the two spots I recommend! However, if you’re just looking to get some sun or snorkel around, I would head towards Keaukaha and check out Carlsmith or Richardsons beach! For kayaking or paddle boarding, Reeds Bay is the perfect spot to paddle out!

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2. Parks

Hilo is home to many beautiful parks but the one I want to highlight is “Liliuokalani Parks and Gardens.” There is something so special and peaceful about this place. The views are breathtaking and the trails are great for working out, taking your dog for a walk, or simply getting some fresh air.

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3. Dining

When I think of dining in Hilo I think fresh, local, and most importantly, delicious! Hilo has some of the most quaint water-front restaurants that will have you hooked! Here are a few must-visit restaurants in town!

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  • Ponds

Ponds is an upscale American-style cuisine with a refined ambiance with views of ice & koi ponds. If you are looking for incredible seafood dishes, this is the place to go!

  • Coconut Grill

Coconut Grill is an old-school breakfast-to-dinner American eatery & bar with awesome happy hour specials. My go-to is the sizzling prime rib. You won’t regret it!

  • Pineapples

If you’re looking for a hot spot with great food, Pineapples is the place! Located right downtown with a beautiful outdoor atmosphere and live music every night, you are sure to have a great time here! Not to mention their staff is incredibly friendly and their cocktails on point!

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Hilo is one of the most charming towns on the Hawaiian Islands that combines a small town feel with city activities and diversity. The people in Hilo are some of the friendliest I have ever met and make you feel right at home. There’s something for everyone in Hilo, you just have to find it! So if you are looking for a great place to retire, raise a family, get your next job, or just “vacation,” then Hilo Hawaii is a great place to visit; if you ever consider moving don’t hesitate to give me a call!

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