Attractions / Recreation in Hilo

Palace Theatre in Hilo
If you want a taste of the real Hawaii, take in a show at the Palace Theatre in Hilo. Most show focus on the cultural background of the Hawaiian Islands. The theatre has rave review for its decor and acoustics. Ask your tour guide or concierge for a list of available shows when you get there. You could see anything from a play detailing the lives of the city's Hawaiian ancestors to a local musician playing original Hawaiian music.

Mehana Brewing Company
If the Hawaiian temperatures have got you feeling thirsty, stop for a cold brew at the Mehana Brewing Company. Most large cities in America have a local beer brewery and Hilo is no exception. The difference here is that each of the brews take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings and culture, with names like Tsunami. The brewery offers small samples of most of its available beers.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company
If ice cream is more your thing (or the kids') no trip to Hilo is complete without a stop at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company. But it's not nuts alone this place is famous for, it's home to the best ice cream on the island. That's because most of the flavors work real pieces of macadamia nuts into the recipe. Better yet, the store offers all samples of every flavor, so bring an empty stomach. You could be nearly filled up by the time your ready to order. There is also a self-guided tour on the company and how all these delicious treats are made.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Hawaii is known for some amazing golf courses and Hilo doesn't disappoint. The Hilo Municipal Golf Course is open to the public and offers relatively inexpensive cart and club rentals. But the best part of this course is that there are no sand traps, on account of how wet the island usually is. So, if you're the type that usually spends most of your time on a golf course on the beach, you'll be happy to know you can save that adventure for when you get back to your resort. 

East Hawaii Cultural Center
If you're feeling artsy, the East Hawaii Cultural Center is the place to go. The center offers many beautiful pieces of artwork by local artists. There is also a theatre that offers dance programs and other shows throughout the year. Tourists can even try out their own skills in an occasional talent contest.