By Kristina Hopkinson
Hilo is located on the windward (west) side of the Big Island of Hawai'i. Hilo is a
relatively small town which lies at the foot of two volcanoes to one side and a bay at the
other. Hilo is a town kept alive by its University. Hilo is well know for its rainy days,
nights, and weekends. If you have a car, living in Hilo is not so bad. When you get tired
of all the rain you can just drive away. The Big Island does not have "great"
public transport. There is one bus that travels to and from Kona (eastern most city) every
day. If it is tourist activities you are looking for that is the bus you want to take.
Hilo to Kona may take about two hours or so. If you have already seen all that Hilo has to
offer-a couple waterfalls and T'snami museum-it is worth the trip.
Hilo can be a nice town to live if finances are not a problem. As getting a job in Hilo
can be extremely challenging.
The special thing about Hilo is that everyone is a minority. You can see this at the
Sunday morning farmers market that is held down town at bay front. You can find Samoan,
Filipino, Hawai'ian, as well as other pacific islanders, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai,
Peruvian and Howlies (white mainland Americans) all coming together to buy, sell and have
a good time.
Hilo is a quiet getaway from any big city. The town shuts down around eight-nine o'clock
and except for the occasional college party all is quiet. Ask anyone in Hilo, What is
there here to do? And they will tell you...Rainbow falls, the Boiling pots (big pools of
water behind Rainbow falls) and the T'snami museum for much else you should leave Hilo.
Hilo, some call it quiet, some call it boring, some call it home. It depends on what
you're looking for.
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