Hilo HI

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Hilo is the largest town in Hawaii County and the second largest municipality in the state. It seated at the bases of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea overlooking Hilo Bay. It’s a cultural center for the island, an important astronomical site and a tourism center for the island.

Coastal scene on the coast of Hawaii Near Hilo.

Economy

Hilo is the oldest city in the Hawaiian archipelago. Consequently, tourism plays a major role in its economy. These are the county’s largest employers:

  • Hilo Medical Center for Radiology
  • Kohala Spa
  • Hilton-Waikoloa Village
  • Hilton
  • Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

The city is the home to several ground-based astronomical observatories. This has a substantial impact, bringing $100 million annually to the island.

Hilo is the headquarters for the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation. This company is noted for its emphasis on sustainable growing practice and carbon neutral policies.

Home Values

The median home value in Hilo, HI is around $333,000 with a price per square foot of $265. The market is increasing and has been since 2012. The prices in the Hilo metropolitan area are a little higher with a median price per square foot of $343.

Attractions

Tourism plays a major role in the economy and culture of Hilo. The Hilo Bay, two volcanos, Rainbow Falls and Liliuokalani Park and Gardens draw tourists and locals in with their natural beauty.

Additionally, the city houses the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. The latter focuses on creating awareness for marine issues and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a national heritage site.

Ho’olulu Park houses facilities for sports including swimming, baseball, basketball and more. It is the main athletic center for the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Education

The public schools in the area include eight elementary schools, two intermediate schools, and two high schools. There are also seven private schools in Hilo. The city houses the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Hawaii Community College.

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