The Hilo Farmers Market is held every Wednesday in the heart of town. It is a collection of booths that includes fruit, vegetable, and coffee farmers. Additionally, local artists, jewelry makers, trinket sellers, and clothing hawkers sell their wares. It is a colorful, beautiful, and fun market.
We really enjoyed shopping at the Farmers Market. In many cases the seller and the creator are one in the same – no middle man. The flowers were just gorgeous; I wish I had known at the time that the agriculture inspectors will allow almost all flowers on airplanes to the mainland. The fruit in the market was fresh, ripe, and ready to eat. It was great having fresh fruit everyday while we were there. Best of all, the prices are very reasonable.
Akaka Falls is set in a lovely rain forest in the hills north of Hilo. This small park has a short loop hike that takes the visitor past two waterfalls. The highlight of the park for us were all of the tropical flowers and plants. The falls are north of Hilo, between the 13 and 14 mile marker on highway 19.
Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, Pe’epe’e Falls and Waiale Falls can be found east to west along Waianuenue Avenue. We liked Rainbow falls the best, but none of their settings were as nice as Akaka Falls. The falls along the highway just past mile marker 19 on highway 19 near Waikaumalo Park are very nice.
We ate at two places in Hilo that ended up being our favorite food on the whole island. Mr. Ed’s Bakery is in the little town of Honomu, off the main highway, on the way to Akaka Falls. We had a chocolate coconut cookie, Passion Fruit tart, Apple Monkey Bread, and an incredible brownie. We talked to Mr. Ed and he says he makes all of his bread with a Hawaiian Sweet Bread base. They were all wonderful
The Curry On The Go catering truck was parked on Kinoole Street in Hilo when we were there. We liked their Chicken Curry with stewed tomatoes and Roti so much we ate lunch from there twice. When it isn’t raining there are many great places in Hilo for a picnic.
The Hilo Hawaiian is a nice hotel right on the Hilo Bay, only a couple of miles from the Hilo Airport. (The taxi ride was $15.) We spent one night and our visit was nice. No surprises, which is always good news. Our reservations weren’t quite right, and the staff happily adjusted them. This is not one of the lavish resorts you will find on the west side of the island but clearly nicer than many of the other Hilo Hotels.
We ate breakfast down the street at the Coconut Grill. The portions were generous and the prices were right. The kids got to order rice for breakfast for the first time.
We also stayed a night at the Kolekole Campground, 10 miles north of town.