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The Hilo Region is comprised of the largest of the Hawaiian islands. On the island are multiple national forests, volcanoes, and cities. Weather on the island does not fluctuate much throughout the year. The average high is around 76 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of about 69 degrees. Rain falls in November, but it also common from June to August along with from March to April. The destination never gets snow and instead is humid with a low amount of wind. Activities within the area include the Night Manta Ray Adventure, the Maliki and Mauui Helicopter tour, Kealakekua Bay, and the Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour. Other activities include the multiple hiking trails and tours of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hilo is located on the Hawaiian islands. The Hawaiian islands receive tourists from around the world. People often fly to Hawaii, but there are also cruises that visit the islands. In 2020 the tourism of the islands was at 2,220,009 visitors. However, due to COVID-19, this number is low compared to other years. In 2019, the number of tourists that went to the islands was at 10,424,995 people. On average, there are around 249,021 tourists on the island each day.
The Hilo Region has many cities and forests, including the Ka'u Forest Reserve, the Hilo Forest Reserve, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is located exclusively on the island of Hawaii. One of the main cities on the island is Hilo, for which the destination is named. In Hilo, there is an assortment of activities tourists can experience. Some of these activities include the Molokai and Maui Helicopter Tour, the Night Manta Ray Adventure, Captain Cook/Kealakekua Bay, and the Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour. During the Night Manta Ray Adventure, guests can see rays while holding onto floating platforms. The platforms shine a light down into the water that makes the rays more visible. A boat takes the participants out to an open area where rays can be found. The participants then put on supplies and get into the water to hold onto the floating platform. At Captain Cook/Kealakekua Bay, there are many things available, such as snorkeling, seeing dolphins, eating at various restaurants, and swimming. The Molokai and Maui Helicopter Tour involves getting into a helicopter and flying around the islands. From the helicopter, guests can see the islands and the forests, beaches, volcanoes, and cities that they hold. The Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour gives people the opportunity to look at the stars through telescopes.
Another thing to do in the region is going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. While at the park, guests can go hiking and participate in tours. Some of the specific trails include the Crater Rim Trail, Maunaulu, Pu'uloa Petroglyphs, Keanakako'i Crater, and Kilauea Iki. Examples of tours are the Crater Rim Drive Tour and the Chain of Craters Road Tour. Another activity that guests can participate in is the Kahuku Unit. The Kahuku Unit is a place where people can learn Hawaiian traditions and history.
The Hilo Region is made up of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The border of the destination surrounds the island. In the area are volcanoes, cities, the Ka'u Forest Reserve, the Hilo Forest Reserve, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The island has many forests, hills, and volcanoes, along with desert areas. The weather in the region is warm, with an average high of around 76 degrees Fahrenheit. The average low in the area is about 69 degrees. Rain is more likely in the months later in the year, such as November, but is also common from June to August and from March to April. It never snows in the destination. The area is usually humid with lower amounts of wind. The most popular time to visit the area is in July, but it is also common from January to March. The best time to visit due to weather conditions is from the beginning of December to the end of April.
Animals in the territory consist of both land and water animals. Some of the water animals include Hawaiian monk seals, northern elephant seals, hunchback whales, North Pacific right whales, minke whales, Bryde's blue whales, and dolphins. Other sea creatures in the area include stingrays, sea turtles, and various species of fish. Land animals in the region have many island birds such as black-billed 'apapanes, salmon-billed i'iwis, white and brown 'elepaios, and the yellow-green colored 'amakihi. Other animals on the island include nene, rabbits, rats, mice, cattle, pigs, goats, donkeys, sheep, feral wallabies, axis deer, mule deer, Indian mongoose, and Hawaiian hoary bats. Plants in the area include bactris, Amargo palm, Pata de Gallo, and assai palm.
The first settlers that came to Hilo came around 1100 AD. With them, they brought Polynesian knowledge and traditions. Though there isn't much, there has been evidence of people living near Hilo and the Wailuku and Wailoa rivers during the time of ancient Hawaii. The word Hilo means "to twist," according to oral history. Originally, Hilo applied to a district that encompassed much of the east coast of the island of Hawaii. Since then, it has been divided into the District of South Hilo and the District of North Hilo. In 1823 Willaim Ellis visited the islands. At the time, the main settlement was Waiakea, which was located on the south shore of Hilo Bay. Years later, missionaries came to the area after the founding of the Haili Church. Sugar plantations that were being created in the area required workers, which caused Hilo to expand. Most of the workers that came were from Asia. One of the mills, called the Hilo Sugar Mill, produced 3,500 tons of sugar annually. The construction of a breakwater across Hilo Bay began in the early 20th century and was finished in 1929. In April of 1946, an earthquake that occurred near the Aleutian Islands sent a 46-foot-high tsunami that hit Hilo 4.9 hours after the earthquake. The tsunami killed 160 people. Because of the tsunami, a warning system was developed in 1949 to warn against tsunamis. The system was called the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The tsunami also caused the end of the Hawai'i Consolidated Railway. Because of the destruction, the Hawai'i Belt Road was constructed instead. In May of 1960, another tsunami struck the island and claimed 61 lives. The tsunami was caused by an earthquake in Chile. The lives that were lost were because people failed to heed to the warning sirens. The city on the Waiakea peninsula, along with part of Hilo Bay, were turned into parks and memorials. Hilo began to expand again in the 1960s. In the 1980s, Hilo was given the role to act as the city's cultural center. Several galleries and museums opened because of this, one of these including the Palace Theater, which reopened in 1998 as an arthouse cinema. In the 1990s, sugar plantations began to close, which damaged the local economy. In recent years, Hilo has experienced commercial and population growth.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in 1961. It was formally part of Hawaii National Park, which was established in 1916. The park is made up of 505 square miles of land and has two active volcanoes (Mauna Loa and Kilauea), which are located 25 miles apart. In 1987 the park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Manua Loa, one of the two volcanoes in the park, is located in the south-central part of the island. It is the largest volcano in the world. The bulk extends up to 3 miles from the ocean bottom. It rises an additional 2.6 miles above sea level, reaching an elevation of 13,677 feet. It has erupted three dozen times since its first well-documented eruption in 1843. The volcano has been active for years, and it displays eruptions from its caldera and from fissures in its flanks. A flank lava flow traveled down the northeastern side of the volcano and entered the outskirts of the city of Hilo in 1881. A flow from the southwestern rift zone reaches the ocean in 1950. The most recent eruption was in 1984 due to earthquake activity beneath the volcano. Kilauea is considered to be the most active volcano in the world, and it is also Hawaii's youngest. It rises up to around 4,090 feet above sea level. In 1924 there were a series of steam explosions that ejected ash and blocks of lava. It followed the abrupt draining of Halema'uma'u's active lava lake. In 1952 there was a four-month-long sporadic eruption. Most of the eruptions in Kilauea primarily occur in the east rift zone. The Pu'u 'O'o vent produced lava fountains. The lava fountains reached the height of 1,540 feet in the air. In 1986 eruption moved to the Kupaianaha vent. Lava flowed from there down to the ocean. The lava buried the historic community of Kalapana. In 1992 the flow of lava shifted back to the Pu'u 'O'o vent. Lava once again flowed all the way to the ocean. The eruption continued until the early 21st century. A series of eruptions opened several fissures that released lava and clouds of sulfur dioxide gas in 2018. The fissures cut across residential neighborhoods.
Horizon Guest House
Honaunau, Hawaii, is home to the Horizon Guest House. The property is located on 40 acres of land overlooking the ocean, with a reportedly 20-mile coastline view from the pool, according to the owner. There are four suites available for guest reservations, all of which include a private bathroom and deck. Available to patrons when staying at the guest house is access to a pool, jacuzzi, and a deck with a barbecue area. Other features available to visitors are a breakfast served every morning and a guest utility room that has snorkeling equipment, towels, and beach chairs, to name a few items. There are animals, such as donkeys and goats, on the premises that visitors are able to interact with. Availability for the guest house is open year-round for accommodations, with the busiest time for the business being between January to March. Activities in the area include visiting the various beaches and snorkeling sites....Read More
Volcano Teapot Cottage is located in the town of Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The cottage offers two rooms and a private bathroom for one reservation of up to two guests at a time. Amenities offered in the cottage include a full kitchen, a clawfoot bathtub, a walk-in shower, a TV, internet, a fireplace, and a laundry room with a washer and dryer. Bill and Antoinette are the current and original owners of the business, originally establishing it in 1995. The cottage was originally built in the late 1800s when the town of Volcano was first established. Since opening as a vacation rental, Bill remarks that the property receives the most business during the summer months since it is relatively warmer for the generally cooler area. However, the vacation rental is available for reservations throughout the year. Attractions in the area include Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, various beaches, and hikes....Read More
Ala Kai Bed and Breakfast
The Ala Kai Bed and Breakfast is located thirty minutes from Hilo, Hawaii. The property has two buildings, namely the main plantation-style house with two suites and a separate smaller cottage a short walk away. Breakfast is served daily using many different fruits that are grown in a garden that sits on the property as well. The current owners, Erich and Suzanne, have a goal of "creating an experience that is amazing," for the people who stay at their bed and breakfast. One of the things that are frequently mentioned in reviews of the Ala Kai is an appreciation of the recommendations Erich and Suzanne have for places to visit in the surrounding area....Read More
The Old Hawaiian Bed and Breakfast is located in Hilo, Hawaii, just a few miles off the coast of northeastern Hawaii (island). The bed and breakfast has three guest rooms and access to a variety of amenities, including refrigerator access, tea/coffee, umbrellas, beach towels, and free parking. The property is most known for its breakfasts, which involve homemade bread, locally grown fruit, and smoothies. Lory Hunter, the owner of the property, converted the home into a bed and breakfast in the year 2000 and has been updating and taking care of it ever since....Read More
Hale 'Ohu Bed & Breakfast
Hale 'Ohu Bed & Breakfast is located in Volcano, Hawaii. It is an adults-only, non-smoking property owned and operated by twin sisters Nicole and Gabrielle. Nicole notes that many people are drawn to the bed and breakfast’s proximity to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is open 24/7 and offers visitors the chance to see lava when Kilauea Volcano is active. She also explains that the establishment serves as a "hub for guests exploring the east side of the island and the nearby nature preserves." One of the establishment's unique features, according to Nicole, is its botanical garden, which some describe as "magical and special." The property receives a variety of visitors and is especially popular with couples. Nicole notes that the winter season is the busiest time, with the majority of people being snowbirds from Canada and the U.S....Read More
A Beautiful Edge of the World Bed and Breakfast
A Beautiful Edge of the World Bed and Breakfast is in Captain Cook, Hawaii, on the western side of the largest Hawaii island. The property is surrounded by trees and consists of a five-acre farm where Kona coffee, tropical fruits, and macadamia nuts are cultivated. According to the business's owners, some of the plants on the grounds are over a century old. The house was built with koa wood, an uncommon material today due to its scarcity. A Beautiful Edge of the World Bed and Breakfast is 10 minutes from the coast, but its placement allows the guests to see ocean views and sunsets. Local activities include snorkeling, diving, hiking, visiting the farmers' market on Sundays, and visiting archeological sites and beaches....Read More
Waipio Wayside Inn is a bed and breakfast located on the Island of Hawaii along the north shore. It sits on a little more than one acre and is 10 minutes from the north beach. Initially a sugar plantation home, the house provides a general look into the history of old Hawaii with its vintage-themed 1930s-style rooms. Close by are several rural farm tours and the Kalopa State Park that can allow guests to enjoy activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and others. The property was built in 1932 and has been running as a bed and breakfast since 1988. The owner, Jacqueline, remarks that she wants guests to feel as if it were "their own home" when staying at her property....Read More
The Keaau Place is a house on a one-acre property in Hawaiian Paradise Park, a residential subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. The house offers two private studios for reservation. They each include queen beds, fully-equipped kitchenettes, microwaves, access to laundry machines, and private covered back decks for lounging. Each patron has access to free parking that is offered at the house. Breakfast is not offered at The Keaau Place because the kitchens are fully equipped and come with the cooking tools guests may need to prepare meals. One of the main draws to the area of the Big Island is the active volcano and its corresponding lava fields. Guests can also participate in hiking, fishing, boating, sailing, snorkeling, diving tours, whale-watching, and island trips....Read More