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Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

Hello Hilo. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

We spent three nights in Hilo on Big Island, Hawaii, mostly because it served as a good base to explore some of the other areas of the island: like the waterfalls, and the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo, and the Mauna Kea mountain. But when planning for things to do in Hilo, Hawaii, itself, we found a few things to see in town as well: like a Japanese Garden (Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens), and banyan trees planted by people famous in the 1930s, and a waterfront. And food. Of course, food.

Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii:

 

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens 24.14-acre park with Japanese garden that was donated by Queen Liliʻuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. The park is the largest authentic ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan, and features arching bridges over fishponds, pagodas, rock gardens, and banyan trees.

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens. Banyan trees in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens. Banyan trees in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens. Banyan trees in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens. Japanese gardens in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens. Japanese gardens in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

 

Banyan Drive

Known as the “Hilo Walk of Fame,” Banyan Drive is a tree-lined street at the shoreline of Hilo featuring trees planted by celebrities. Some of my favorites included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Princess Kawānanakoa, and Amelia Earhart.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Banyan Drive trees in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

Princess Kawānanakoa Banyan Drive trees in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

Amelia Earhart Banyan Drive trees in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. Things to do in Hilo, Hawaii.

 

Eat and Drink

With three nights in Hilo, we ate a lot. I tended towards seafood (as I always do when near an ocean) and had everything from fish and chips to shrimp scampi to crab cakes benedict to an ahi tuna plate.


I also tried the famous Loco Moco — a breakfast dish made from white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy.

My favorite restaurant in Hilo, Hawaii was Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine, we ate there several times, sampling different dishes and appetizers…and of, course, drinking a few of my favorite tropical drink, the Lava Flow, a blended drink made from two types of rum, banana, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and strawberries.

Fish and Chips at Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Shrimp scampi in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Cheesecake in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Loco Moco in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Ahi tuna plate lunch in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Lava flow in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Popcorn shrimp in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Crabcakes Benedict in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

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