Lyman Museum & Mission House
Compact yet comprehensive, this museum covers the basics of Hawaii's natural and cultural history. Downstairs, geologic exhibits explain...
East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center
The best venue for local art is this downtown center, which primarily displays the work of established professionals, but also has...
Find youthful instructors, a variety of styles (mostly flow), and an attractive downtown space. Boutique items are stylish, if pricey....
The resurrected, historic Palace Theater is Hilo's cultural crown jewel. Its eclectic programming includes arthouse and silent films...
Short N Sweet
Originally located in Hawi, pastry chef Maria Short now satisfies Hilo's sweet tooth. We dare you to resist her 'homemade Oreo' or...
Rainbow Falls information
A regular stop for tour buses, the lookout for this 'instant gratification' cascade is just steps from the parking lot. Depending on rainfall, the lovely 80ft waterfall can be a torrent or a trickle. Go in the morning and you'll see rainbows if the sun and mist cooperate. Waianuenue ('rainbow seen in water') is the Hawaiian name for these falls.
To get here, drive up Waianuenue Ave (veer right when it splits into Kaumana Dr) about 1.5 miles from downtown Hilo; follow the signage.
Nearby, and just as impressive, is Peʻepeʻe Falls & Boiling Pots , a lookout two miles past Rainbow Falls. This unique series of falls cascading into swirling, bubbling pools (or 'boiling pots') might tempt you to hike in, but stay out of the water; currents are treacherous and many drownings have occurred. Restrooms available here.