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)
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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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 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
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.
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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 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.