Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo is located on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.


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Hilo is the third largest city in Hawaii with a population of 43,263 residents (2010).


About Hilo

Hilo is the oldest city in the Hawaiian archipelago. Hilo is also home to the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo, several shopping centers and cafes. Hilo has the status of being the settlement which is of the largest size among all the settlements on the Island of Hawaii.



To See And To Do In Hilo

Rainbow Falls

Hilo Art Museum

Pacific Tsunami Museum

Prince Kuhio Plaza Area

The Lyman House Museum

Lili'uokalani Gardens

Richardson's Ocean Park

King Kamehameha Statue

Naha Stone

Downtown Hilo



History Of Hilo

The Polynesians came and settled in the Hilo area in the year 1100 A.D. In 1820, American missionaries arrived in Hilo. Waiākea was the main settlement on Hilo Bay in 1823. The Waiākea Mission, called Haili Church, was the first church in eastern Hawaii island, founded in 1824. In 1838, the Lyman House Memorial Museum building was completed. It was built by reverend David Belden Lyman and his wife, Sarah Joiner Lyman. In 1869, a small parish school of 42 students was established in Hilo for the purpose of teaching English to native Hawaiians. The school was named St. Joseph.

In 1900, Hilo Railroad Company begins operations on the Big Island. In 1911, Hilo was incorporated as a city. The morning of April 1, 1946, the Big Island was slammed by a tsunami that took 122 lives. The Kuwahara store was one of the few structures on the ocean side of Kamehameha Ave in Hilo to survive. In 1950, more than 27,000 people lived in the city. On May 23, 1960, Hilo was hit with another tidal wave that left 537 buildings in ruins and 61 dead despite the tsunami warning system that had been established.





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