The historic Hilo region is diverse and unique in its people, culture and weather. Over 43,000 people call Hilo their home. Our sleepy town is known throughout the state as a great place to raise a family. We enjoy tropical weather and lush surroundings thanks to regular morning and evening rain showers. Our region includes rain forests, waterfalls and majestic mountains sprinkled with snow in the winter months. Forty-five minutes south of Hilo is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea volcano. Forty-five minutes north, along the coast, are acre upon acre of old sugar cane fields, botanical gardens and a number of waterfalls and gulches. Forty-five minutes west, up Saddle Road, is the Visitor Information Center for the observatories on Mauna Kea. Downtown Hilo is home of the famous Hilo Farmers Market, open every day with the freshest island produce and handmade wares. It is especially pumping with activity on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Our downtown is welcoming to those who want to take their time strolling into shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and clothing boutiques. Our picturesque Bay Front is perfect for water sports such as outrigger canoe paddling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing. Simply put, Hilo is a great place to visit and an even greater place to live.