Hilo Journals

Visits to Hilo Hawaii

A February 2005 trip to Hilo by wegian

Waipio Valley Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island) More Photos
Quote: We've made several trips to Hilo to enjoy the slow pace, apple bananas from the Hilo Farmers' Market, local foliage, and the people. Each trip is an unique experience. We meet new interesting people, explore areas of the island that are new to us, and try different restaurants.

Visits to Hilo Hawaii


Waipio Valley Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
Our typical day begins with breakfast at Ken's House of Pancakes. Their pancakes, with lilikoi and coconut syrups, are ono! On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can stop by the farmers market in Hilo. Be sure to try the locally grown apple bananas. Many other local grinds and tropical flowers are available at reasonable prices. Visit the Tsunami Museum in downtown Hilo. Have a seat under the giant Banyan Tree in beautiful Liliuokalini Gardens. Take a drive north of Hilo to the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens (take the scenic road at the exit of Route 19 just a couple miles outside of Hilo). You will want to stop many times along the way - the views are stunning. Travel further north ...Read More

Richardson's Beach Park

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Mauna Kea Photo, Kona, Hawaii
Richardson’s Beach can be found near the end of Kalanianaole Street, which begins at the intersection of Routes 19 and 11. It is a secluded black-sand beach that has a spectacular view of snow-capped Mauna Kea from across Hilo Bay. The waters are calm, making it a great spot for snorkeling, and it is not uncommon to see green sea turtles feeding near the shore. The beach has showers, restrooms, and an abundance of lava rock tidal pools to explore. This is the rainy side of the island, so you will find plenty of trees to provide protection from the hot afternoon sun. This morning, we watched the younger students from a nearby school winding through ironwood and palm trees and over old lava f...Read More