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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2014
zip linning  (3 Answers)

Where is the best place to go?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2014
Place to live?  (2 Answers)

I am visiting here in May to explore the possibility of living there permanently for a few years. I know there is more rain on this side of the island and it is windier also danger of tsunamis. From my research I believe that the rain is mainly in the late night hours and early morning. Is this mostly true? I know apartment rentals are also less pricey than the western side. I would appreciate any and all input, thoughts and ideas. I will also be checking out the western side.
Thank you,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2014
Kona/Hilo, Hawaii  (6 Answers)

I'm wondering if I"m able to fit all of this in, in one day. I'll be staying in Kona but would like to drive the Hamakua Coast, 4 mile scenic route and see Akaka Falls. I also would like to see Hiilawe Falls and Waipi'o Valley. Last stop would be Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Black Sand Beach. I know it's 2 hr drive from Kona to Hilo. Any information would be great.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2014
Budget place to stay in Hilo  (4 Answers)


I (37 years old, single traveler) will be traveling to Hilo in May. I am looking for a nice budget (no hostel) place to stay.
Can anyone recommend me?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2013
help me please!  (2 Answers)

Hello everybody. I´m Kenay from Colombia. I was looking for images of places to live and I found a suitable place. can someone helping me to know which activities people do in Hilo- Hawaii? and some information about economy, weather, universties, whatever information necesary to live there. thanks so much for your answers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2013
A email address for the zales jewellers shop in Hilo  (4 Answers)

Hi I am needing to contact someone one from the Zales jewellers shop there in Hilo. Email would be ideal as I'm from Australia and its easies to contact that way. If someone could help me out that would be amazing!!! Thank you so much Annah

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2013
Bus tours $ ?  (2 Answers)

I will be there in June 2013. I want to do my itineray with price of all activities. I want to do something everyday.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2013
Road from Kona to Hilo  (5 Answers)

How good is the road from Kona to Hilo. It looks like a 3 hour drive time. I am flying to Kauai and can save money if I fly from Hilo. Is it worth the savings. Flights are $20 more and there is a $60 drop charge for the car. should I suck up the expense or drive to Hilo

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2012
anyone Arriving in Hilo on 2 Jun (Saturday)? Share cab ride to Mooheau Bus Terminal?

Wanna share a cab ride to the Mooheau Bus Terminal (on the bay front), anyone?

I'm arriving in Hilo through a domestic flight from Honolulu, Oahu @ 02:40pm. Need to catch the bus @ 4:00pm (or 7:30pm).

Send me an email if you wanna share a cab ride :)

My email is [email]

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2012
Taxi Tours from Hilo Cruise Ship Terminal  (1 Answer)

Looking to possibly hiring a taxi at the cruise ship terminal to take us on a days tour. Does anyone know what they charge and if they did it would you recommend doing it to save time as opposed to renting a car (which you lose time when having to pick it up and drop it off at the airport. We are only in port from 8-5.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2011
Working in Hilo  (4 Answers)

I'm thinking of taking a contract job in Hilo. From what I've read so far , I'm starting to re-think this. I'll be there at least 13 wks, alone. My question is , will I be safe? Are the residents as unfriendly as I've been reading? Will I be able to find an apt? Thank you for any input.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2010
black sand beach and volcanoe in a day  (4 Answers)


I'm travelling to Hawaii by myself and I'll be flying into Hilo for 12 hours next Monday (3/15/10). I want to see a black-sand beach and a volcanoe. I'd rather not be herded along with an over-priced large tour group. Any suggestions on a good way to get around or what to see? I've heard sunset over the volcanoe is beautiful.

Thanks in advance for any advice!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2009
Share a Driver in Hawaii  (1 Answer)

My wife and I are visiting Hilo on Feb 5th via a Princes Cruise Ship and wish to share a driver to see the island. Anyone interested?/

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2009
Car Rental choices  (3 Answers)

The prices for car rental were the same between Dollar and Thrifty.

Any reason to pick one over the other?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2007
tours in Hilo  (3 Answers)

We are on a cruise that will dock in Hilo Oct 1 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Are there tours at that time that we can take? Any independent tours available at dock?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2007
travel from maui to hilo  (1 Answer)

Hi we are a family of 7 travelling to Maui in July. can we take a boat from Maui to Hilo or must we fly? Can we fly direct or do we need to go back to Honolulu? thnaks cressida

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2007
What is the weather like now?  (1 Answer)

I have a question for people who are in Hawaii now:)

We are going on a cruise around the islands on March 19th and when I look on weather forecast it says rain every single day for every island!!!

Is it really true, is it raining every day now? I thought Hawaii was supposed to be good weather:(


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2006
Helicopter over live volcano  (1 Answer)

Im looking to reserve sonthing online for a helicopter tour over on eof the live volcanoes while in hilo. Any reccomnedations.
we will be coming via cruise so may have to be an afternoon one. looking at a cheaper one. any websites or suggestions would be greatlyu appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2006
transfering to hilo  (1 Answer)

I am considering moving to Hilo to transfer into University of Hawaii's pharmacy program, does anyonego to this college? Do you like it? how is there pre-pharmacy program?I am thinking about moving there permanently, has anyone else made the relocation? How is the cost of living, is there primarily students or is it like living in a small town? big city? Is it a car town or is everything walking/taxi distance? I would appreciate any info, thanx.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2006
Visiting the observatories  (4 Answers)

Can anyone tell me if a 4x4 vehicle is really needed to go up to the observatories in November? Please bear in mind I am from the UK and we drive in the snow whenever it takes our fancy, we don't have much choice *(:¬>
Also, how long does it take roughly from Hilo to the summit?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2005
THANK YOU!!!  (3 Answers)

Wow, thanks for all the details guys, I really appretiate it! A friend of mine has suggested a trip that way to check out the area first hand ( mostly I think because he needs a vacation, but it's always fun to have someone to talk to on long trips) It sounds like a good idea to me. So, what would be a good time of year to check it out? By "good time of year" I mean what is the non-touristy season, I'd like to avoid anything supercrowded, if possible. Also, any good places to stay? I found a place online called Arnott's Lodge, looks to be right up my alley. Anyone know anything about it?

Thanks again! -Maggie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2005
Am I Crazy?  (10 Answers)

Dear Residents of Hilo and the Big Island,

I desperatley need your help! I am planning a move to Hilo in the next year or two for school. My friends and family all think I'm nuts, but I can't very well study Marine Sciences in Iowa. I have a lot of questions for you and would greatly appretiate any info you would lend me. Is the job market really as tight as everyone says? I'm not looking for anything professional, most of my job history is in the food service industry, although I am currently a bartender. What about the cost of living? Will I be able to work and go to school and still feed myself? I would also appretiate any information about Hilo neighborhoods. It's not that I don't like to have fun, but I am a quiet, serious student and don't want to end up living in a "party zone" packed with freshmen who live off campus. I'm in one now and it just isn't working out.(no offence to any younger students who might be reading this)

Oh, I also hear it rains a lot. What is a lot? Several times a day, all day 4 or 5 times a week, 24-7 all year? Is it heavy rain, light drizzle, outright downpour? I've also heard that Hawaiian residents don't like "mainlanders", or is that a tale to scare me into not moving? I find this hard to believe, I've traveled a lot and have heard the same thing about "Americans" and have never had a bad experience.

I do have more questions, but this is already longer than I intended. Thanks to all who read this and take the time to help me out! -Maggie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2005
Kapoho Tide Pools  (2 Answers)

My family and friends are visiting Hilo in December and staying in home in Kapoho... we were planning on doing some snorkeling while there. I noticed a posting on Fodors online Forum that bothered me regarding sewage in the Tide Pools at this link:

Does anyone know if there is any validity to these statements? Much appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2005
moving to hilo...looking for a place to do ceramics  (1 Answer)

I am looking into moving to Hilo in the next year or so and am searching for a place to fire my ceramic art work while I am there. If anyone has any tips about this or any thoughts about Hilo's art scene or lack there of, please let me know!! I would like to continue working in my field while I am there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2005
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel  (6 Answers)

I'll be spending the first few days of my honeymoon on Hilo. Is Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel a good hotel and location?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2005
work for artists in HIlo?


I am attempting to move to hilo in the spring/early summer 2006. I am starting now to look for jobs because I heard it can be difficult if you wait untill you get there. Does any body know about opportunities for art making/ teaching in or near Hilo? I am also interested in out door occupations such as wild life coservation or nursery work. Any information would be helpful.
Simon Gentry

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2005
Hilo to Hana  (1 Answer)

Are there any flights from Hilo to Hana?
What is there to do on Big Island other than the active volcano?
I heard there's a green sand beach on Big Island. Does anyone know where exactly it is?
I will only be there for 1 or 2 days and would like to maximize my time.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2004
Where do the Japanese hang out in Hilo?  (4 Answers)

I know that the Bayfront used to kind of be "Little Tokyo" until it got wiped out (twice!) by gigantic tsunamis. Now it's mostly just a park, right? Although there is a breakwater installed (would that really stop a tsunami of that size?). So... Where is Little Tokyo now? Or have the Japanese sufficiently been integrated into the population that a Little Tokyo does not exist? Is there any place at all where Japanese-speakers (perhaps elderly Japanese) hang out? Is there a specific bar, perhaps, where Japanese chill? Just wondering if anyone had noticed. I think it would be fun to check out, sing karaoke at, and eventually get to speaking real Japanese with, well, real Japanese! :P And if I screwed up, I could just pretend I'd had too much to drink. (One cup of sake is about all it takes and I'm loopy :p) Hopefully someone knows. :D I'm eager. Thanks for all the responses on my previous questions! Jesse

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2004
Big Island Bus System  (2 Answers)

It looks very comprehensive, useful and affordable (who needs a car in such a beautiful place? an umbrella will do), but, frankly, I can't make much sense of the schedules and such I found. Let's say I wanted to make a trip from Hilo to Kona. Anyone wanna walk me through it? I think that's probably the most complicated trip the Big Island System could make, involving the most transfers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2004
can't fly directly into Hilo?  (10 Answers)

Yet another post from me. It appears my local airline (Northwest, I believe?) flies into Honolulu but does NOT fly directly into Hilo. BUMMER. What could I do about that? Book yet another expensive flight from Honolulu to Hilo for the day I arrive in Honolulu? What if I'm late and miss the second flight? Take a bus/boats from Honolulu to Hilo? I don't know why they can't just fly directly into Hilo. Grr. Probably the hardest thing about Hawai'i is getting there! Not to mention coming home to see my family.

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