Top Choice Landmark in Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea's Summit Area

If measured from the sea floor, you are 13,808ft in the air, on top of, technically, the tallest mountain in the world. Massive observatories rise around you, shining silver on the stark terrain, like a human colony…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Waipiʻo Valley

Waipiʻo Valley Lookout

Located at the end of Hwy 240, this lookout provides a jaw-dropping view across the valley. It's one of Hawaii's iconic images.
Farm in Pahala

Kaʻu Coffee Mill

This down-to-earth coffee farm roasts its own award-winning beans. Taste a variety of brews, which some connoisseurs rate as highly as Kona coffee, at the gift shop stocked with bags of beans to take home.From Hwy 1…
Top Choice Park in Honomu

ʻAkaka Falls State Park

This outstanding and convenient little park features an easily navigable concrete path that loops along the lush cliffs above a river, first passing scenic Kahuna Falls (100ft), then reaching the truly grand ʻAkaka …
Top Choice Beach in Hilo

Onekahakaha Beach Park

Popular with local families, this beach has a broad, shallow, sandy-bottomed pool, protected by a boulder breakwater. The water is only 1ft to 2ft deep in spots, creating the perfect 'baby beach.' An unprotected cov…
Top Choice Park in Hilo

Liliʻuokalani Park

Savor Hilo's simple pleasures with a picnic lunch in Japanese gardens overlooking the bay. Named for Hawaii's last queen (r 1891–93), the 30-acre county park has manicured lawns, shallow ponds, bamboo groves, arched…
Top Choice Museum in Hilo

Pacific Tsunami Museum

You cannot understand Hilo without knowing its history as a two-time tsunami survivor (1946 and 1960). This seemingly modest museum is chock-full of riveting information, including a section on the Japanese tsunami …
Top Choice Beach in Hilo

Richardson Ocean Park

Near the end of Kalanianaʻole Ave, this pocket of black sand is Hilo's best all-round beach. During calm surf, the protected waters are popular for swimming and snorkeling, with frequent sightings of friendly sea tu…
Top Choice Gardens in Onomea Bay & Around

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

This is a fabulous botanic garden, beautifully situated by the ocean and superbly managed. A paved trail meanders through 2000 species of tropical plants set amid streams and waterfalls. Give yourself at least an ho…
Museum in Onomea Bay & Around

Hawaii Plantation Museum

This well-done museum highlights Hawaiʻi's sugar industry, which spanned the period from the mid-1880s to 1996. Museum curator Wayne Subica has single-handedly amassed this collection, which includes plantation tool…