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Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 US

Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel
87 Banyan Dr
Hilo, HI 96720

Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
93 Banyan Dr
Hilo, HI 96720

Hilo Seaside Hotel
126 Banyan Way
Hilo, HI 96720

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls
1 Kulunipia Dr
Hilo, HI 96721

The Palms Cliff House Inn
28-3514 Mamalahoa Hwy
Honomu, HI 96728

Aloha Happy Place
19-3870 Old Volcano Rd A
Hakalau, HI 96710

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About Hilo

The island of Hawaii is the largest of the islands that make up the Hawaiian chain. Hawaii is not the most populous of these islands, however. The largest town on the island of Hawaii is Hilo, which also serves as the county seat of Hawaii County. Two volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, are situated around the town of Hilo, which sits above a bay that shares the town's name. The population of Hilo is 43,263 according to the 2010 United States Census.

The written history of Hilo is quite short. Oral traditions hold that ancient Hawaiians inhabited the area. It is known that Kamehameha II based his fleet out of Hilo around the turn of the nineteenth century. Missionaries began to come to the region shortly after Europeans began visiting the region. Sugar plantations became the major economic endeavor on the island in the nineteenth century.

Tsunamis have devastated the settlement of Hilo twice in recent memory. In April 1946, a tsunami with a height of more than 40 feet hit Hilo and killed over 160 people. In May 1960, 60 more lost their lives in spite of warnings after a massive wave resulting from a magnitude 9.5 quake off the Chilean coast hit Hilo. A local tsunami museum commemorates these events.

The closing of the sugar plantations hurt the local economy in the late twentieth century. Today, much of Hilo's economy is related to tourism. The town is in a tropical location and receives a great deal of rainfall on an annual basis. The average temperature does not vary much over the course of a year. The main option for traveling into the island is by air. The Hilo International Airport serves Hilo and the island of Hawaii. Two colleges provide an opportunity for higher education on the island.