For board rentals and surf gear. Owner Stan Lawrence is an expert surfer, and he opened the Big Island's first surf shop in 1972.
Sun & Sea Hawaii
This friendly one-stop shop for ocean sports rents SUP packages and sells a variety of snorkeling, diving and swimming gear.
Pacific Tsunami Museum
You cannot understand Hilo without knowing her history as a two-time tsunami survivor in 1946 and 1960. This nonprofit museum might seem...
Showing first-run movies, this awesome bargain theater is located smack downtown.
Abundant Life Natural Foods
Longtime downtown indie with takeout cafe (closes about 1½ hours ahead of the store), serving smoothies and wholesome sandwiches, from...
Lonely Planet review
The resurrected, historic Palace Theater is Hilo's cultural crown jewel. Its eclectic programming includes arthouse and silent films (accompanied by the house organ), music and dance concerts, Broadway musicals and various cultural festivals (ticket prices vary). Every Wednesday morning (11am to noon) it hosts 'Hawaiʻiana Live' (adult/child $5/free), a touching, small-town intro to Hawaiian culture through storytelling, film, music, oli (chant) and hula.