4 BR / 2 BA / Sleeps 8 4 8 Min stay variesHome / 4 Bedrooms / Sleeps 8
1 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 4 1 4 No min stayCottage / 1 Bedroom / Sleeps 4
5 BR / 7 BA / Sleeps 12 5 12 Min stay variesVilla / 5 Bedrooms / Sleeps 12
3 BR / 3 BA / Sleeps 8 3 8 Min stay variesHome / 3 Bedrooms / Sleeps 8
2 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 8 2 8 7 night min Cottage / 2 Bedrooms / Sleeps 8
3 BR / 3 BA / Sleeps 6 3 6 3 night min Home / 3 Bedrooms / Sleeps 6
Located on the eastern side of Big Island, Hilo, Hawaii is a fabulous destination for families. From the moment the plane touches down at Hilo International Airport travelers will notice and appreciate the natural beauty and lush landscape that is expected of the Hawaiian Islands. Hilo vacation rentals offer ultimate comfort and convenient access to this picturesque vacation destination.
Before booking one of the many Hilo vacation rentals in the area, it is important to consider the weather conditions as you plan to visit. Hilo features a tropical rainforest climate with relatively warm temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s throughout the year. While you can rely on the temperature being relatively comfortable at any time of year, it’s the amount of rain you might experience that can be unpredictable. Hilo is the fourth wettest city in the United States and one of the wettest in the world with between 130 and 200 inches of rain annually. Pack an umbrella for your trip here and plan to see rain during at least one of the days you’re visiting.
Things to do
Travelers staying in Hilo vacation rentals have the unique advantage of seeing the area the way that locals do and should have a plan when it comes to things to do and see in this island town. Full of thunderous waterfalls, lush landscapes, and towering volcanoes, the Hilo area has an abundance of outdoor activities that appeal to all ages. Walk the half mile loop through Akaka Falls State Park to see the spectacular 442-foot waterfall. The surrounding rain forest is picturesque and worth the drive to this attraction.
Hilo is also often referred to as the gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located a short 30 to 45 minutes away, it is a perfect day trip for anyone interested in exploring. However, if visiting a park or taking in the beauty of Hilo is on the itinerary but driving nearly an hour isn’t, visit Liliuokalani Gardens and Coconut Island Park. The gardens offer a tranquil setting that is perfect for strolling or picnicking and a footbridge in the park connects the garden to Coconut Island Park.
Of course, the beautiful beaches and sparkling waters of Hilo are the main allure to the area. Richardson Beach Park is the only black-sand beach in Hilo and is a unique spot for visitors to spend an afternoon. Here, the waters are warm and lifeguards are on duty during the day. For surfers and body-boarders, Honoli’I Beach Park is one of the best spots on the Hilo side of the island. It is a secluded area with great surf, a grassy area for laying out and many spectators.
Other popular activities include snorkeling and swimming in the warm waters, or exploring the island landscape via helicopter. Visiting the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is also a popular activity for families. It is the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States and boasts quite a collection of exotic plants and animals.
Various shopping venues are also part of the experience when visiting Hilo. Hilo Hattie and Sig Zane Hilo are the perfect place for picking up an authentic, flowery Hawaiian shirt. You can’t leave town without one! Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts is a popular spot for gifts and souvenirs. Those staying in Hilo vacation rentals will want to make a stop at the Hilo Farmers Market, a favorite among locals and tourists alike. It’s open Wednesdays and Saturdays and offers fresh and affordable local foods. It is the perfect open-air shopping experience for anyone in the market for foods like exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs, island jams and jellies, colorful flowers like orchids and anthuriums, or locally-crafted clothing and jewelry.
In addition to the variety of outdoor attractions, Hilo is also known for having a vibrant art and museum scene. The Imiloa Astronomy Center is an educational facility that strives to showcase the connections between the rich traditions of Hawaiian culture and the impressive astronomical research conducted at the summit of Maunakea. The Lyman Museum is Smithsonian-affiliated and tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people through exhibits portraying how the state’s volcanic origins, flora and fauna, and culture have shaped the area’s present-day society. The Mauna Loa Observatory, Pacific Tsunami Museum and Mokupapapa Discovery Center are other popular places to learn about Hilo.
If you’re looking to participate in events, then staying in Hilo vacation rentals is the right choice. Downtown Hilo hosts an annual Chinese New Year celebration, usually held in early February. If you’re planning your visit for April, check out the Merrie Monarch Festival for its premier hula competition. In August, catch the International Festival of the Pacific, which features a lantern parade and Japanese tea ceremony, or wait until September when the Aloha Festivals take place.
Experience all that Hawaii has to offer while enjoying the comforts of home staying in Hilo vacation rentals. From majestic landscapes to adventurous activities, visitors won’t be disappointed by a stay in this quintessential Hawaiian town.