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The Highs and Lows of Hilo

Let's start with the finish: Until you've seen Hilo, you really haven't seen the Big Island of Hawaii. This is where most people of Hawaiian descent live and where the lush tropical greenery is astounding.  The downside—and the reason it's so beautiful—is that it rains like a big dog, about 200 inches per year. A former downside—volcanic smog, called vog—is no longer present, since the volcano goddess Pele put a cork in her blowhole earlier this year, revealing blue skies for the first ti...
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You gotta hang in Hilo to know the Big Island

Historic Hilo hangs as loose as a hula dancer's hips, so loose some of it appears ready to topple. But sidewalk planter boxes, arty signs, and old-timey storefronts attest that the town is on the up-tick. A mile from old town is Wailoa River State Recreation Area, where a gilded statue of Kamehameha the Great presides over acres of greenery. Curving footbridges span the river—the shortest in the world at one-third mile. Just offshore—reachable by a footbridge—is the tiny Moku Ola (a....
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Big Island, Mauna Loa, Don, Mauna Kea, Hilo, Rainbow Falls, Coconut Island, Boiling Pots, Wailuku River State Park, Hilo Famers Market, Hilo Town, Wailuku River, Liliuokalani Gardens, Kamehameha Statue