We were there for the Disabled American Veteran's convention. We had previously held the convention at the Naniloa hotel. (Do not ever stay there) There are a few hotels in Hilo- some cheaper like a motel set up that the locals like for family get togethers - REALLY budget type. The Hilo Hawaiian is the most well run of the pricer places in Hilo side- and the locals like the seafood buffet they have once a week. The food is pretty good. The ocean scenery is great for Hilo side. There is the coconut island with a bridge to it next to the hotel and the Liliokalani gardens with ponds and small bridges that even the locals come to picnic at. The locals like to fish off of the seawalls also and the kids and teens and families swim on the different sides of the small peninsula. There are numerous restaurants in walking distance also- Japanese, a 24 hour pancake house (great local food and breakfast food -it is always busy and one of my favorite places to eat when i am in Hilo- not fancy but good eats for locals), plate lunches places, etc. Some of the smaller food places come and go like the coffee and pastries or the Thai food, etc. If you are willing to walk - you can even stroll to downtown Hilo (if you are into walking) and the farmers market is great and you can get pastries and local snacks and fresh hawaiian honey or fresh home grown coffee or fresh home grown tea leaf (multiple types of teas) and Hawaiian chocolate some times and hawaiian macadamia nuts also. Lots of different flowers and exotic fruits and vegetables that the locals are buying also because the produce is cheaper than all the stores. Some great restaurants near there also. There are lots of nice beaches - lots of different types= some for swimming and some for fishing and some for gathering shells- and you have to look in the travel books - because i am not going to tell you my favorite small beaches- because then they will be over run and ruined. But on Hilo side there are lots of tiny beaches down small side streets or public access to beaches (it is a requirement in the state for public access because all beaches are public and there are no private beaches below the high water line- except military or preservation)- like where the large sea wall is joined to the beach. I really enjoyed living there for 20 years. And every week we would drive into Hilo and try to get a plate lunch and hit one of the small beaches for a break. Hilo is my favorite town in the state because of the laid back places to go that you do not find in places like Honolulu any more- and I grew up in the this state.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hilo's best full-service hotel, offers outstanding views of the ocean or quaint Hilo Town framed by the backdrop of Mauna Kea. Located on Hilo Bay, and approximately two miles from Hilo Airport, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is the perfect headquarters for exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy incredible views of Mauna Kea, Hilo Town, and beautiful and historic Coconut Island. ... more less
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