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Hilo is the seat of Hawaii County on the eastern coast of the island of Hawaii, between Keaau and Papaikou. It lies along Highway 11 near Hilo Bay and Lelewi Point.

The area was settled by missionaries around 1822 and incorporated as a city in 1911. Hilo sustained heavy damage from tsunamis in 1946 and 1960. Its current economy, based on sugar and tourism, was thrown into high gear with the 1967 commencement of direct flights to the U.S. mainland.

Today Hilo, population 40,759, is one of the state's largest cities. It has a busy seaport and is a commercial and tourist hub of the island. Sugarcane, fruits, macadamia nuts and orchids, are cultivated in the surrounding area. Hilo's environs are imbued with a wealth of visitor diversions, among them beaches and watersports, golf courses and tennis courts, scenic drives, state parks, museums, botanical gardens and nurseries as well as flightseeing and tours of plantations. The University of Hawaii has a campus in the city.

Hele-On Bus | Island Heritage Gallery | Longs Drugs Big Island |
Art Dreams of Paradise Gallery | Raintemple | K & S Helicopters | Rainbow Tropicals |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns At the Beach with Friends | Bay House Bed & Breakfast | Emeraldview Guesthouse | Hale Kai Bjornen Bed & Breakfast | Hawaii Naniloa Hotel | Holmes' Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast | Uncle Billy's Eco-Adventure Vacation |
Education University of Hawaii at Hilo |
Flofraga Hirose Nursery |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Oki Japanese Restaurant | Uncle Billy's Fish & Steak House | Hilo Medical Center |
Hawaii Counties Hawaii County |
Hawaii State Parks Onekahakaha Beach Park | Wailoa River State Recreation Area |
History Lyman Mission House and Museum |
Parks Big Island Public Tennis Courts |
Shopping Fabric Mart | Kipuka Smoke Shop | Ross Dress for Less-Hilo | Uncle Billy's General Store |
Sports Donkey Trail-Big Island |

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04/10 Coming to The area
Annual Maui Steel Guitar Festival Maui HI April19-21 Featured performers will also conduct on-site school visits to various Maui schools to educate and and inform Maui's youth about the Hawaiian steel guitar. These visits, targeted specifically for students of these schools, includes both educational sessions and entertainment by the visiting performers.
Maui Classical Music Festival Maui HI May10 Over the years the Festival has received extensive coverage in national newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, the Hawaii newspapers, and travel and airline magazines. Feature articles written about the Festival have appeared in important musical publications such as Musical America, Chamber Music America, and American Record Guide.
Merrie Monarch Festival Hilo HI June7-9 Merrie Monarch Festival is a week-long cultural event held annually in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. Festivities start on Easter Sunday and culminate with the Hula competition events at the Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium - Miss Aloha Hula on Thursday, Hula Kahiko on Friday, and Hula 'Auana on Saturday.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Maui HI June23 Various artists, food, crafts, Guitar exhibitor, and more.