5 Adventures You Can’t Miss in Hilo
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5 Adventures You Can’t Miss in Hilo

Whitney James

The rainy side of the Big Island offers unparalleled adventures of all shapes and sizes. From ziplining over a private waterfall to tasting exotic fruits at the world-famous Hilo Farmers Market, here are our top five recommendations for what to do during your Hilo vacation.

3. TAKE A HIKE IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Those who enjoy checking national parks off their list won’t want to miss a stop at Volcanoes National Park. Stretching from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet, the park contains two of the world’s most active volcanoes—Kīlauea and of course the aforementioned Mauna Loa. Although the park was drastically altered by the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea, we find this only adds to the interest of exploring a place still in flux. Choose from any number of hikes within the park during your stay, and make a whole day of it!

4. GET A TREAT AT THE FARMERS MARKET

There are no shortage of incredible food options in Hilo and at the Grand Naniloa’s Hula Hula restaurant, but the Hilo Farmers Market is absolutely a “bucket list” item during your stay. It operates every day, but on “Big Market Days” on Wednesdays and Saturdays, over 200 local farmers, artisans, crafters, retailers, and food vendors unite for a market that is truly spectacular. Fun for the whole family, mainlanders in particular will be in awe of the exotic fruits and flowers overflowing onto the sidewalks!

5. TAKE A SELFIE AT RAINBOW FALLS

Last but certainly not least, it wouldn’t be a classic trip to Hilo without a stop at Rainbow Falls! Less than four miles away from the Grand Naniloa, this 80-foot cascade is heavily impacted by rainfall amounts in the area and as a result is constantly fluctuating. Rainbow Falls is certainly a popular waterfall due to the easy access from town, but early risers can escape some of the crowds and also catch a kaleidoscope of rainbows in the falling water on sunny mornings. The fact that you can find something so beautiful within walking distance of Hilo makes this side of the Big Island even more magical!