Spread over 4,000 square miles, it’s easy to see why the Island of Hawaii is often called the Big Island. Visitors can travel through varied climates and diverse landscapes.
Along the Hamakua Coast to Hilo town, the northeastern region of the Big Island boasts fertile valleys, tropical rainforests and botanical gardens. Some of the island’s most stunning waterfalls can also be found in this region. At Akaka Falls State Park, take a short hike through the rainforest to admire the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and the towering 442-foot Akaka Falls. Near downtown Hilo, Wailuku River State Park is where you’ll find the 80-foot Rainbow Falls – where rainbows are seen among its mist.
Home to Hilo International Airport (ITO), Hilo town is the perfect gateway to experiencing the rest of the island. Spend a day in this charming town exploring the farmers market, museums, art galleries and centuries-old storefronts. Visit the nation’s only rainforest zoo and learn more about the history of the area at the Lyman Museum.
Just north of Hilo, the scenic Hamakua Coast boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. Take the scenic Hamakua Heritage Corridor from Hilo to the sacred Waipio Valley Lookout and witness the breathtaking panoramic views.