When East Hawaii is lovely, Hilo is sublime

11 06 2012

Hawai’i Nui means Great Hawai’i. Mehana means the warmth of the sun in Hawaii.  The Hawaiian Islands are a great place to visit, from the Garden Island of Kaua’i to the Big Island of Hawai’i. This is the tenth post in a series of opinion pieces on the question, “What makes Hilo worth a special trip?”  Click on the “Hilo” category to read all ten posts.

Reason #10. On a sunny day in and around Hilo you can experience the most beautifully luscious greenery and most sparkling skies in the company of a waterfall.

Today is a BEAUTIFUL day in Hilo, and I am rereading Isabella Bird’s book, The Hawaiian Archipelago: Six months among the palm groves, coral reefs, and volcanoes of The Sandwich Islands.  I think she might have said it best.

What Honolulu attempts to be, Hilo is without effort. Its crescent-shaped bay, said to be the most beautiful in the Pacific, is a semi-circle of about two miles, with its farther extremity formed by Cocoanut Island, a black lava islet on which this palm obtains great perfection, and beyond it again a fringe of cocoanuts marks the deep indentation of the shore. From this island to the north part of the bay, there is a band of golden sand on which the roar of the surf sounded thunderous and drowsy as it mingled with the music of living waters, the Waiakea and the Wailuku, which after lashing the sides of the mountains which give them birth, glide deep and fern-fringed into the ocean. Native houses, half hidden by greenery, line the bay, and stud the heights above the Wailuku, and near the landing some white frame houses and three church spires above the wood denote the foreign element. Hilo is unique.

I am lucky enough to be with friends staying at the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls mauka of Hilo. This ‘aina is spectacular!   If you are looking for a place to stay in Hilo while visiting the brewery, it would be hard to go wrong here.

A beautiful day!


The rock at the base of the waterfall brings to mind a mo’o, or native Hawaiian lizard


East Hawaii is so clean and fresh, even the sky sparkles!

Hilo waterfalls to check out include: Rainbow Falls, where the demigod Maui was born; Akaka Falls, the highest in the state, and the waterfall at the Hawaiian Tropic Botanical Garden.




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