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Completely Private Cozy Condo in Downtown Hilo
Entire condominium (condo) · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Completely Private Cozy Condo in Downtown HiloLocated in the heart of Downtown Hilo, Hawaii. A convenient short drive to the best beaches, snorkeling, swimming, surfing, shopping, dining, and more. A fully private 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Condo, equipped with Cable and High Speed Internet on the top floor corner for maximum privacy. Laundry, private parking, swimming pool and beautiful farmland window views.
Delightful Plantation Home on Reeds Island
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Private room · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 shared bath
Delightful Plantation Home on Reeds IslandTravel across the wooden bridge to my lovely plantation home. My home has classic character with high ceilings and lots of light. It is on Reeds Island, a historic and beautiful neighborhood surrounded by a river on one side and stream on the other. Walking distance to downtown Hilo. Restaurants, Galleries, Farmers market and more. Very close to Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots. A very special area to enjoy..vaccinated guests only please
The Lilikoi - King Bedroom Suite (NO CLEANING FEE)
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Entire guest suite · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
The Lilikoi - King Bedroom Suite (NO CLEANING FEE)The Lilikoi's large private master bedroom suite is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy Hawaii in it's natural form.

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Spacious, remodeled Ohana house close to town.
$92 per night
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Convenient, Cozy Home in Hilo (1st Floor)
$128 per night
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Simply Paradise
$140 per night
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HILO~Private Paradise Garden Cottage w Koi Pond
$101 per night
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The Lilikoi Ohana (NO CLEANING FEE OR DEPOSITS)
$91 per night
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Bamboo Bungalow
$135 per night
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Hilo Downtown Retreat
$95 per night
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Hawaiian Paradise Park "Tropical Aloha Suite"!
$123 per night
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The Lilikoi: Private 2-bedroom Suite
$91 per night
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NEW Whaler's Inn -- Nautical Magical Hilo
$177 per night
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☆NEW☆ Hula House with AC - 3BR Hilotown
$208 per night
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Hilo Flower House Rooms Near Downtown & Airport
$52 per night

Your guide to Hilo

Welcome to Hilo

The town of Hilo meets the definition of an idyllic Hawaiian destination. Its black sand beaches are lined with swaying palm trees arching over aquamarine waters, dramatic waterfalls plunge from shelves blotted by tropical rainforests, and some of the planet’s most active volcanoes are only a short drive away. Yet Hilo sees a fraction of the crowds drawn to its sunnier sister town of Kona. Hilo’s lush beauty and relaxed vibe can be attributed to its status as the rainiest city in the United States. Many visitors drop into Hilo for a quick visit before jumping off to explore the nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. But hikers, snorkelers, waterfall chasers, and science enthusiasts will find a wide range of activities to choose from in Hilo, accompanied by a collegiate town spirit, thanks to the nearby University of Hawaii at Hilo.


How do I get around Hilo?

The island of Hawaii is served by two international airports — Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the eastern side and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kalaoa on the western side. If possible, fly into Hilo rather than Kona, as the trip from the Hilo terminal into town is a mere 10 minutes compared to the 90-minute drive from Kona. Another option is to fly into one and depart from the other, optimizing the time you have to enjoy the island. Like most of the Hawaiian Islands, renting a car is not an absolute necessity, but the Big Island lives up to its nickname — some of its most famous destinations require drives measured in hours rather than minutes. Major rental car agencies are located just outside the terminal roundabouts, with rideshares, taxis, and bus services marked nearby.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Hilo?

The lush eastern side of the island of Hawaii is temperate but characteristically wet, soaking in an annual average of 140 inches of rainfall. This wet climate means it’s advisable to layer or bring a light jacket in preparation for intermittent showers; if you plan to venture up to the higher elevations inland, especially near summits and volcanoes, come prepared for legitimately cold temperatures. Spring and fall generally offer visitors the best overlap of warm and dry days in Hilo, the latter months thinning out crowds as the tourist season comes to a close. Hurricane season spans June through November; while violent tropical storms are always a possibility, historically they’ve rarely made landfall across the Big Island.


What are the top things to do in Hilo?

Punalu‘u Beach

Punalu‘u Beach is the most famous and accessible black sand beach on the island. Hawksbill and Hawaiian green turtles are known to amble up the volcanic-rock-tinted shoreline to sunbathe here. Just be sure to give these aquatic natives a wide berth onshore and in the water, as they’re protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Hamakua Coast Scenic Drive

While Rainbow Falls State Park unequivocally warrants a visit to take in its grand cascade of water, a more adventurous option awaits along this scenic serpentine 40-mile route tracing the North Shore of the island toward Waipi’o Valley. The road is dotted by a multitude of waterfalls and old sugar cane fields along the way.

Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden

While flora grows in abundance across Hilo, this botanical garden and nature preserve hosts a riot of tropical plants of unmatched color and beauty. There are more than 2,000 species collected and cultivated from across the globe, easily accessible to visitors by winding wooden pathways.