A lovely port city with an International Airport (HIA). The orchid capital of the world. Close to beaches, historical sites, The Volcano. Some of the finest parks plus a little Rain Forest Zoo. You must see Rainbow and Akaka Falls
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Hilo is an old port town, but much of the port was taken away by a tidal wave in 1960. The tsunami deluged the waterfront, sweeping an organ console out the stage door of the Palace Theater, depositing fishing boats in the street like parked cars and taking out totally, many blocks of the business district and dock area. One lady was carried out to sea on her screen door and returned to the beach several hours later.
In it's place are some beautiful gardens and green vistas. Located on the windward side of the i sland, Hilo has rampant tropical growth, waterfalls, leafy tree ferns, and enough flowers to build a large rainbow. The rainfall is well over 100 in (254 cm.) annually, making Hilo the wettest city in the USA.
Things to see in Hilo:
The Lyman House Museum, Rainbow Falls, Suisan Fish Auction,
Farmer's Market, Liliuokalani Park (A MUST), Historic Downtown Hilo and
Banyan Golf Course, one of the most reasonable in Hawaii.
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