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Hilo, United States

Territory with active volcanoes on Hilo Bay

Typical food

Dishes you can't miss

Poke,Hilo, United States

Poke Ceviche-style salad consisting of tuna with soy sauce.

Loco Moco,Hilo, United States

Loco Moco Rice with ground beef burger and eggs, served with gravy.

Saimin,Hilo, United States

Saimin Egg noodle soup served with fish and finely chopped onions.

Mai Tai,Hilo, United States

Mai Tai Cocktail prepared with rum, Curacao liqueur, and lemon juice.

Manju,Hilo, United States

Manju Pastries made with rice flour, sugar and "Anko" (bean paste), filled with tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut.

Typical food of Hilo, United States

Hilo features a gastronomy resulting of Chinese, Philippine, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese influences, creating a cuisine full of bright colors plus sweet and sour flavors with ingredients that include beef, pork, seafood, and poultry, as well as fruits such as pineapple, banana, papaya, and mango.
Among the dishes that Hilo offers, you can find: "Poke", a ceviche style salad prepared with raw fish as tuna marinated with soy sauce; "Inamona", a condiment that comes from the "kukui" tree, with sesame oil and "limu" algae; "Loco Moco", a dish made of rice covered with hamburger meat, a fried egg, and gravy; and "Saimin", a soup of egg noodles served in broth fish (dashi) with finely chopped spring onions or with stewed fish, pork barbeque (char sui), or slices of canned ham that are very consumed in the region; it is served hot.

You will find beverages that include tropical fruit water and liqueurs like rum, which is the base for bright colorful cocktails called "Tiki". "Mai Tai" is another cocktail prepared with rum plus Curaçao liqueur and lemon juice.

For dessert time, you will find "Manju", pastries made with rice flour, sugar and "Anko" (bean paste) filled with tropical coconut and pineapple.

You can try typical Hawaiian cuisine with its fresh ingredients and sweet and sour flavors in the Miyo's restaurant.


Useful Tips

  • There are waterfalls and different places to visit in Hilo, we recommend bringing comfortable non-slip shoes.
  • You should protect for your skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Remember to bring a rain jacket or a portable umbrella since it can rain any time of the year in Hilo.

The weather in Hilo, United States

Hilo has a tropical equatorial climate characterized by high temperatures and abundant rainfall that is constant throughout the year. The average temperature is 23 °C (73 °F) and relative humidity is 68%. The annual average rainfall is 3,228 mm (127 in) in 274 days, being the third rainiest city in United States.

What to bring by season

Temperature ranges between one and four degrees throughout the year. Nights are cool to warm and days are warmer with an average of four hours of intense sunshine. The highest temperature is 28 °C (82 °F), recorded from June to October, while the lowest is 17 °C (62 °F), in February. There are 23 rainy days per month with 269 mm (10 in) of rainfall, falling only 187 mm (7 in) in June, and 394 mm (15 in) in November. The sea temperature ranges between 24 and 27 °C (75 and 80 °F) and UV index goes from high to extreme. You should pack light clothing made of fabrics such as cotton or linen that will help you to stay cool, including shorts, t-shirts, sleeveless or t-shirts, dresses or skirts, a rain jacket or a portable umbrella, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit, and comfortable shoes. You should also include a light sweater for the cool evenings.


About Hilo, United States

The coastal town of Hilo is located in the district of South Hilo, overlooking the bay with the same name and near the volcanoes Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, with several observatories on their snow-capped peaks. You can admire the Kilauea Volcano in the Volcanoes National Park, dive in the lagoons formed by the tide in Lava Tree State, and observe one of the most beautiful coral gardens in the world. The best way to learn about the regional fauna and stunning lava fields is through its hiking trails.

Among the city museums you can find Pacific Tsunami, a tribute to the generations that lived this natural phenomenon in 1946 and 1960. The Hilo Art Museum, located in the Hilo Iron Works building with impressive views to Hilo Bay, houses an art collection from around the world. The Lyman House museum features a small collection of local art, historic exhibits, and one of the best mineral collections in the US.

Another attraction is the Naha Stone; it is said that the man who succeeded in moving it, would unite the Hawaiian islands and would be the greatest King of the entire island; Kamehameha at age 14 was the one fulfilled the prophecy. The Lili'uokalani Gardens were built in 1900 to honor the Japanese immigrants who created the former sugar plantation of Waiakea. The Hilo Famer's Market offers the freshest products in the region, including fish, flowers, and local food.

Night diving, kayaking, and snorkeling are some of the activities you can practice on the shores of Hilo; the city has golf fields, jungle tours, helicopter tours to Mount Kilauea, and fishing tours on the coast of Kona. The best moment to visit Rainbow Falls is early in the morning, when the breeze creates an amazing rainbow.

***The official currency of the United States is the US Dollar (USD).