Hawaii Cruise Ship Destination Profiles

The eight main islands of the state of Hawaii include: Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Niihau and Hawaii (the Big Island)

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2014 Hurricane Season Summary

Posted December 1, 2014

The National Hurricane Center reports below average activity this season with 8 named storms, of which 6 became hurricanes, and two of those hurricanes were major storms. Strong wind shear, dry descending air throughout the Atlantic and fewer tropical waves coming off the African coast due to a below average monsoon season in Africa can be attributed to a quiet season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30.

We can't say the same for the Eastern Pacific...the 2014 season was extremely active with 20 named storms, of which 14 became hurricanes, and 8 of those reached major hurricane strength. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 - November 30.

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Hawaiian Port Calls

Hilo (Hawaii, the Big Island)
Honolulu (Oahu)
Kahului or Lahaina (Maui)
Kailua-Kona (Hawaii, the Big Island)
Lihue (Kauai)

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Getting Around

Downtown Hilo is located within distance of the Hilo Bay Pier.


Most Downtown Hilo stores are located along the "Bayfront", or Kamehameha Avenue, though the side streets are also packed with excellent finds and shops to explore.

Hilo Farmer's Market

Located in downtown Hilo, The Hilo Farmers Market is one of the best open markets in Hawaii, featuring fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and local crafts.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory

Retail, wholesale supplier macadamia nuts, gift baskets, incentive, corporate gifts. Free samples at the visitor center.

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Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo is a town on the big Island of Hawaii. The county seat and largest city in Hawaii County, Hilo is the gateway to the  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located 45 minutes to the south of Hilo. More about Volcanoes

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A busy farming and fishing area in early times, Hilo evolved into a commercial center for the sugar industry in the 1800’s. Downtown Hilo was built around its crescent-shaped bay and became the seat of county government. In 1946 and 1960 the town was nearly swallowed by a tsunami. But Hilo’s waterfront was rebuilt and today Hilo is a vibrant town, home to great museums, art galleries, and unique shopping opportunities.

Good to Know

Port of Entry

Hilo Bay

Hilo Cruise Ship Schedule 2012 pdf
Hilo Cruise Ship Schedule 2013 pdf

Time Zone

HAST (UTC - 10)

Map Coordinates

19.42'20°N, 155.5'9°W 

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Things to do and see

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The entrance to the park is in the town of Volcano, roughly 40 minutes drive from downtown Hilo. Many people can spend several days exploring all that the park has to offer. There are a number of excellent hikes, showcasing most of the flavors of Hawaiian geological activity. Of course, the thing that most people come to see is the active flow zone of Kilauea. Entrance fees are consistent with other U.S. National Parks.

Pacific Tsunami Museum

The museum provides interactive exhibits, documentaries, and docents to explain the tsunami phenomenon and how it affects us in Hawaii, and particularly in Hilo which is dubbed the "Tsunami Capital." www.tsunami.org

Liliuokalani Gardens

Liliuokalani Gardens is a beautifully landscaped, 30-acre Japanese garden featuring fishponds, pagodas and rock gardens.

Wailuku River State Park

Just west of Downtown Hilo, Wailuku River State Park is home to the 80-foot Rainbow Falls and Peepee Falls which feeds the beautiful pools called Boiling Pots

Lyman Museum and Mission House

The Lyman Museum began as the Lyman Mission House, originally built for New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman in 1839. Nearly 100 eventful years later, in 1931, the Museum was established by their descendants. Today, the restored Mission House is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and may be visited by guided tour. Visit their Website

Akaka Falls State Park

Located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. The park features Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet)

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

Featuring exhibits and planetarium. Located at the University of Hawaii-Hilo campus, in its Science and Technology Park. The Center is accessible from Komohana Street, off of Nowelo, just minutes from downtown Hilo.

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