The charming "city by the bay" has survived two major tsunamis and seems more beautiful for the wear, as razed buildings made way for acres of green parkland. Oldtown Hilo is nestled on the waterfront and is great to tour on foot. Most of the hotels are on Banyan Drive, where celebrities and Hawaiian royalty planted the giant banyans that shade the drive to nearby Liliu'okalani Gardens, a serene manicured 30 acre park built as a memorial to Japanese immigrants. Across the street, and across a small bridge is Coconut Island, with a great view of Hilo across the bay, and a terrific place to pinic. For early bird fish fans, the Suisan Fish Market Auction is right down the street, Mon.-Sat. at 7:30 a.m. Don't miss the Hilo Farmer's Market on Wed. and Sat., where East Hawaii's abundance of fruits and flowers are on colorful display.
Other attractions include beautiful Keaukaha, Hilo's premier coastline, Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, Kaumana Caves, the Panaewa Zoo, the East Hawaii Cultural Center, Kalakaua Park, the Wailoa Art and Visitor Center, and the King Kamehameha Statue. Outside of Hilo is the famous active volcano in the Volcano National Park in Puna. On the west side of the island is the town of Kona, famous for its deep sea fishing and watersports.
some text courtesy of Aloha Mai