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Hilo, Hawaii

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Hilo is the capital of the big island of Hawaii and on the east coast.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at piers in Kuhio Bay on Kuhio St approximately 2 miles east of downtown. Shuttles may be provided to Walmart at Prince Kuhio Plaza Mall two miles south of the pier. The Downtown Farmer's Market may also offer a free shuttle. Cruise schedule here http://hidot.hawaii.gov/harbors/passenger-cruise-schedules/

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Money and Tipping

Hawaii is a US state. When dining in restaurants, it is customary to leave 15-20% tip for good service.

Local Transportation

You can take the public Mass Transit Bus to downtown Hilo, you can take a taxi, or you can walk. Walking to downtown Hilo is about 2.3 miles and takes about one hour. The bus cost is $1.00, free for seniors 55 and above; taxi fare from the port to Downtown Hilo is about $12-16. There is no bus service on Sundays. A free shuttle is also available to the Farmers Market http://www.hilofarmersmarket.com/frshfrcrsh.html


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  • Volcanoes National Park - These active volcanoes are the must-see site in Hilo. You can take a tour, rent a car or even do a helicopter tour. The park is 30 miles southeast of Hilo. Entry fee is $10 per vehicle. http://www.nps.gov/havo
  • Thurston Lava Tube - Long cave formed by flowing lava. Volcanoes National Park.
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum - Chronicles the multiple tsunamis to hit the city. Downtown.
  • Rainbow Falls - Small but close to downtown and no hiking required.

Shopping & Restaurants

Shops in Downtown Hilo are concentrated on Bayfront or Kamehameha Avenue and its side streets. The is open daily except for Fridays and has more vendors on Wednesday and Saturday. The main retail area is around Prince Kuhio Plaza Mall with a Macy's, Sears and Zippy's restaurant. Walmart, Target and Ross Dress for Less are nearby. http://www.hilofarmersmarket.com

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Downtown Hilo

Hawaii Island


Hilo Weather Forecast


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