Things to Do in Hilo, Hawaii

Things to Do in Hilo, Hawaii
Situated along the sparkling shores of Hilo Bay, the town of Hilo harkens back to the days of old Hawaii when local life was truly "local." Along with an array of things to see and do in the city of Hilo, the surrounding area provides much allure for the adventure traveler. Majestic waterfalls, fragrant botanical gardens, remote parks or fern-shrouded rainforests, Hilo is the place to be for a journey that is decidedly off the beaten path.

Visit Rainbow Falls

Named after the rainbows that result from its 80-foot cascading waters, Rainbow Falls can be viewed from a lookout at the end of Rainbow Drive. Because of hazardous conditions, there is no access to the base of the falls, but visitors will marvel at the enormity of this scenic landmark in Hilo. Photo opportunities await.

Drive Saddle Road

Featuring an array of wilderness sights, some akin to moonscapes, Saddle Road reveals the unparalleled geology of the Big Island's multiple climate zones. From the lush rainforests of Hilo to the fascinating lava flows of Mauna Kea just outside of Hilo, Saddle Road climbs 6,000 feet and back down again, yielding unforgettable sights not easily seen anywhere else on the Big Island.

Shop Hilo Farmers' Market

The international flavor of Hilo comes alive every Saturday starting a 6 a.m. at the Hilo Farmers' Market. Located bayfront in the heart of Hilo, the open-air market presents a bounty of fresh produce and island fruit harvested by local farmers. Additional offerings include flowers, honey, cheese, bread and ready-to-eat hot meals such as tamales, chili, soups and Polynesian-style cuisine.

Discover Boiling Pots

The Wailuku River churns 18 miles through treacherous geography, lava tubes and rainforests, leading to an area known as the Boiling Pots. Located 2 miles upstream from Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pots are a succession of spots that appear to bubble and steam like a spa. The phenomenon occurs when the underground river surfaces at the opening of a lava tube, suddenly bubbling up as if it were a pot of boiling water.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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