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Beaches in Hilo

Honolii Beach Park

Honoli’i Beach Park is a popular surf spot located a couple miles north of Hilo. The beach at Honoli’i...

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Onekahakaha Beach Park

Onekahakaha Beach Park is a popular place for families in Hilo. Swimming, picnicking, tossing a football, and even horseshoes...

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Lehia Beach Park

Lehia Beach Park is the easternmost public beach access in the city of Hilo. It’s a quiet spot with...

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About Hilo

Hilo is the largest city and county seat of the Big Island (Hawaii County). It's home to the Port of Hilo, Hilo International Airport, the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus, and about 44,000 residents. Tourists have the option of staying on the Hilo side of the island for a different experience than the dryer Kona side. For supplies in Hilo there's a Walmart, an excellent farmers market that's open seven days a week (7am-3pm), and many shops and restaurants along the downtown waterfront. Hilo has several large parks to enjoy including Wailoa River State Recreation Area, Wailuku River State Park (Rainbow Falls and the Boiling pots), and the majestic Liliuokalani Gardens. The waterfront of Hilo outside of the port is mostly made up of lava rock and has about ten different beach parks. The best-known of these are Richardson Ocean Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, and Onekahakaha Beach Park. These parks don't have sandy beaches, but they have swimming areas, grass lawns and shade trees. The scenery at Hilo's parks makes up for the lack of sand. Hikers can walk the Donkey Trail on Onomea Bay (shorter trail) or hike to Shipman Beach from the trailhead in Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision (longer and slippery). Surfers can head to the break at Honoli'i Beach Park. Hilo also has a zoo, a botanical garden, an astronomy center, golf courses, lava caves, and more. It's a wonderful place to visit for the day, or your entire stay.