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What You’ll Love About Hilo

A nature trail through dense tropical forest in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Amenities

Shopping, dining, entertainment, parks, trails... Hilo truly has something for everyone!

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The Employment

Hilo has high income per capita and has a very low unemployment rate.

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The Weather

The highest monthly average temperature in Hilo for July is 76 degrees and The pollution index in Hilo is 72% better than the national average.

Come Explore Life in Hilo

The gently rustling palm trees, refreshing ocean breezes, tranquil island forests, and rich history make Hilo a paradise on "the Big Island." As the largest town on Hawaiʻi, Hilo is home to numerous festivals, golf courses, the airport, and residential communities. Residents can access anything they need within city limits, from national retailers to local schools.

What Future Residents Should Know About Hilo

What's the Weather Like?

An average of around 126.72 inches (3,220 mm) of rain fell at Hilo International Airport annually between 1981 and 2010, with 272 days of the year receiving somerain, which is the most rainy days for any place in the Northern Hemisphere and exceeded only in parts of Aisén and Magallanes in Chile.

A rainfall map of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Should I Be Worried About Volcanoes?

Kau is home to Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two active volcanoes on the Big Island. While some locations are at high risk of lava flow, most communities are in areas with less risk. View the map below to learn about lava zones in the District of Kau.

Hilo's Best Attractions and Activities

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Favorite Attractions

Rainbow Falls, Coconut Island Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Big Island Candies, Hilo Municipal Golf Course, East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden,

Kaumana Caves, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Lyman House Museum Memorial, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo, Nani Mau Gardens, Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.

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Parks & Recreation

Wailoa River State Park, Wailuku River State Park, Hilo Bayfront Park, Reeds Bay Beach Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Carlsmith Park, Liliuokalani Park & Gardens.

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Shopping & Dining

Hilo Bayfront Shops, Cafe Pesto, Hilo Farmers Market, Island Naturals Hilo Market & Deli, Lucy's Taqueria, Miyo's, Hawaiian Style Cafe, The Seaside Restaurant And Aqua Farm, Ponds Hilo, Pineapples Restaurant, Ocean Sushi, Ken's House of Pancakes, Don's Grill, Bear's Coffee, Queens Court Restaurant, Suisan Fish Market.


Culture and History

Hilo Farmers Market, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Palace Theater, Imioloa Astronomy Center, Historic Hilo Walking Tour.


Employment Opportunities

University of Hawaii Hilo, Hawaii Community College, Hilo Medical Center, Hawaii County, State of Hawaii, Federal Jobs, Astronomy Jobs.

Community Events

Merrie Monarch Festival, Black and White Night, Ho'olaule'a, Panawea Stampede Rodeo, Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race, Palace Theater, Imiloa Astronomy Center.

Hilo Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

Population (2010): 43,263
Population Growth Since 2000: +6.1%
Zip Code: 96720
County: Hawaii 
Mean Home Price (2015): $314,986


Travel & Commute

Hilo: Average 16.2 minutes
Public Transit: Hawaii Mass Transit & Hele-On Mo'oheau Bus
Airport: Hilo International
Major Highways: Mamalahoa

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