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The Big Island’s Jungle Town — Hilo

A Small Jungle and Coastal Town

On the Big Island, tourists are usually most familiar with the resort town Kailua-Kona. Kailua-Kona welcomes guests yearly to its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. There is plenty to like about Kailua-Kona but the Big Island has other fantastic coastal towns that are often overlooked. One small beach town that is often under represented is Hilo, Hawaii. Hilo is located on the wetter, northeastern coast of Hawaii (it’s in the jungle). Hilo is known for its rural community.  Located approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Kailua-Kona and approximately 45 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo is a great launching point to see other areas of Hawaii. The small coastal town Hilo is gifted with dramatic waterfalls, endless gardens, and fertile rain forests.

A Brief History

Like many Hawaiian towns, Hilo is rooted in a Polynesian ancestry. The earliest citizens arrived in 1100 AD. Hilo’s artifacts from this time are scarce but its oral history is rich and survives today. Hilo is known for its production of sugarcane beginning in the 1800’s. The production of sugarcane allowed the town to develop and eventual become the most populated community on the Big Island. The small coastal town has miraculously survived a number of natural disasters. Today, the town is a colorful community shaded by Hawaii’s plentiful jungle with a rich history and plenty to do.

More to Hilo

Visitors can embark on numerous journeys in the Hilo area.  Visit Rainbow Falls for spectacular views and a location that is easy to reach.  Alaska Falls State Park is another great location you can explore. You can Zipline over the falls and Hilo’s magnificent jungle, an experience you will not soon forget. Let your jaw drop. Further, there are paved trails for easy accesses and navigation. For a sleepy, dreamy night visit Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is a mystical place for stargazing and making a wish. Also, Hilo is known for its blossoming botanical gardens. Do not end your trip without visiting  Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Hilo’s Japaneses Garden. These are both lovely gardens to enjoy a sunny afternoon.

A Unique Experience

In sum, Hilo is a popular destination for people who are looking to have an nontraditional experience on the Big Island. If this is your second or third tip to the Big Island, visit Hilo for a different experience. Even if this is your first trip to the Island, Hilo is worth a visit for a more diverse, interesting holiday. Expand your horizons in Hilo. Gain a real taste of local life on the Big Island from this small coastal town. Get into the Big Island flow.

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