Overview

Introduction to Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo is situated along the shore of Hilo Bay on the east side of the island of Hawaii. It's the largest city on the island and is located in Hawaii County. The active Mauna Loa volcano as well as the dormant Mauna Kea volcano are nearby. Prominent astronomical observatories are located on Mauna Kea.

The Manuna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, one of the major producers of macadamia nuts in the world is situated in Hilo. The city receives a vast amount of rain and is recognized as one of the wettest cities in the entire world. Fortunately for residents and tourists a significant amount of the rain occurs at night.

History

During the ancient days of Hawaii, the area was a primary trading center for natives. Missionaries arrived in Hilo during the early 1800s and establish several churches. The city became a prominent trading center due to the nearby sugar plantations. In 1946 an earthquake occurred close to the Aleutian Islands which produced a large tsunami which struck Hilo and killed 160 people. Another powerful tsunami hit the island in 1960 and ended the lives of 61 people. In the 1990's the sugar plantations were closed down which significantly harmed the economy.

Attractions

  • King Kamehameha Statue
  • Chase Gallery
  • The Lyman House Memorial Museum includes numerous exhibits of Hawaii culture and is well known for its exhibits of shells and minerals
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum offers exhibits regarding two of the devastating tsunamis that struck Hilo

Nature Attractions

  • Banyan Drive is also called the "Hilo Walk of Fame." Celebrities have planted banyan samplings which over the years have developed into beautiful, huge trees
  • Hilo Tropical Gardens features lily ponds, waterfalls as well as Oriental style bridges
  • Liliuokalani Park and Gardens includes Japanese gardens and a Japanese Teahouse
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers views of the active flow area of the Kilauea volcano and several excellent hiking locations
  • Nani Mau Gardens is a commercial botanical center which features a vast number of species of plants, fruit trees and orchids. It includes a Japanese type bell tower, a butterfly house and a botanical museum
  • Pana'ewa Rain Forest Zoo showcases a variety of species and is situated in a beautiful rain forest
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo Botanical Gardens provides a notable cycad collection, containing close to one hundred different species. It also includes palm tree varieties from all over the world

Activities

Opportunities for surfing can be found on the island shores. The Richardson Ocean Park is popular for snorkeling and having a leisurely time on the beach. Four Mile is a notable location for swimming. Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular at the excellent reefs off the coast.

Tourists enjoy exploring the Kaumana Caves. Charming shops are located on the Bayfront. The Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival offers steel guitar and ukulele music. The Merrie Monarch Festival features one of the worlds most prominent hula competitions. The Hilo Municipal Golf Course is situated in a lush setting.

Demographics

People

Total Population45,703
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens18.5%
Employed Population 16+19,863
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married42.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.2%
Median Earnings25+$35,837
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,304
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,735

Wealth

Median Family Income$69,786
% Above Poverty Level81%
% Below Poverty Level19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone29%
Median Gross Rent$988
Median House Value$305,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)79%
Portuguese5.8%
German4.2%
English2.7%
Irish2.5%
Italian1.1%
French Except Basque0.8%
Norwegian0.6%
Scottish0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Polish0.4%
Greek0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Arab0.2%
South African0.1%
African0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Hilo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hawaii County
Standard Zip Codes96720
P.O. Box Zip Codes96721
Phone Area Codes808
Time ZonePacific/Honolulu
Approximate Latitude19.69
Approximate Longitude-155.08

Hilo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationHILO INTL AP
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp64 to 79 F
Apr Temp66 to 79 F
Jul Temp69 to 83 F
Oct Temp69 to 83 F
Annual Precip126.2 inches
StationHAWAII VOLCNS NP HQ 54
Distance23.5 miles
Jan Temp50 to 68 F
Apr Temp52 to 67 F
Jul Temp55 to 72 F
Oct Temp55 to 72 F
Annual Precip107.3 inches
StationNAALEHU 14
Distance56 miles
Jan Temp62 to 77 F
Apr Temp64 to 78 F
Jul Temp67 to 81 F
Oct Temp67 to 81 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Honomu433$64,167
Kurtistown1,381$78,068
Mountain View3,836$54,354
Pahoa772$30,804
Papaikou1,121$51,250
Pepeekeo1,605$45,417

Hilo Hospitals

Hilo Medical Center
(Government - State)
1190 Waianuenue Ave
(808) 974-4700

Hilo Public Schools

Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School
966 Kilauea Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4160
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
Connections - New Century Pcs
174 Kamehameha Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 961-3664
Other
Total Enrollment 350
Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School
278 Ainako Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4855
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Haaheo Elementary School
121 Haaheo Rd
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4111
Primary
Total Enrollment 192
Hilo High School
556 Waianuenue Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4021
High
Total Enrollment 1224
Hilo Intermediate School
587 Waianuenue Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4955
Middle
Total Enrollment 470
Hilo Union Elementary School
506 Waianuenue Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 933-0900
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Ka Umeke Kaeo - Pcs
222 Desha Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 933-3482
Other
Total Enrollment 260
Kaumana Elementary School
1710 Kaumana Dr
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4190
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Ke Ana Laahana - Pcs
160 Baker Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 961-6228
High
Total Enrollment 45
Keaukaha Elementary School
240 Desha Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4181
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Waiakea Elementary School
180 W Puainako St
ZIP: 96720
(808) 981-7215
Primary
Total Enrollment 814
Waiakea High School
155 W Kawili St
ZIP: 96720
(808) 974-4888
High
Total Enrollment 1219
Waiakea Intermediate School
200 W Puainako St
ZIP: 96720
(808) 981-7231
Middle
Total Enrollment 848
Waiakeawaena Elementary School
2420 Kilauea Ave
ZIP: 96720
(808) 981-7200
Primary
Total Enrollment 667

Hilo Private Schools

E Makaala School
440 W Lanikaula St
ZIP: 96720
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Haili Christian School
190 Ululani St
ZIP: 96720
Elementary
Total Enrollment 124
Mauna Loa School
172 Kapiolani St
ZIP: 96720
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
St Joseph School
1000 Ululani St
ZIP: 96720
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 232
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