The sleepy East Hawaii town of Hilo is where we met, and is among our favorite places on Earth. With a population of 40,000, it’s the third largest city in the state, but it feels much, much smaller. Back in September, when we took a tour of the Big Island, we promised that we’d focus on Hilo Town in a future show. Now that a listener is planning a visit, we figured it was time to show you around.
Today we’ll cover Hilo’s museums, natural sights, and of course, its cuisine. Highlights include the Imiloa Astronomy Center, the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Rainbow Falls, Richardson Beach, and Kaumana Cave.
When it comes to dining, beyond Ken’s House of Pancakes, there’s Blane’s Drive Inn, Cafe Pesto, and Two Ladies Kitchen.
We hope you enjoy our Hawaii-themed podcasts, and if there’s anything you want to know about the Aloha State, please don’t hesitate to ask! Next on our travel to-do list will probably be a food tour of Honolulu… unless you’ve got an even better idea!
We’re fortunate to call Hawaii our home. And as residents of a place that represents a great getaway for much of the world, we’re often asked for advice on places to go and things to see in the Aloha State. And as we start planning for our own regular “getaway” to the Big Island, we figured we’d take you along for the ride.
For today’s podcast, we start in the cool, lush rainforest neighborhood of Volcano Village. After taking you through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we make our way down to Hilo Town, then head north along the Hamakua Coast. Finally it’s up through Waimea, skipping Kona to head north to Hawi on the northern end of the island.
If you want to see photos from our last trip, including several spots we mention on our show, check out our gallery on Flickr.
As hard as it was, we didn’t spend any time in Hilo for today’s audio tour. We could easily dedicate a separate episode (or two) to our favorite “city by the bay.” And we might, provided you enjoyed taking this trip with us!
From the archives. Jen’s appearance on Episode 32 of “HawaiiUP” from Nov. 27, 2005. We discuss Jen’s Top Five Things to do on the Big Island.