The Main Attraction - Kilauea Volcano
#1 Tourist Attraction in Hawaii
With about 2 million visitors every year, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park secured the title for Top Tourist Attraction. This is definitely a must-see for our visitors!
Located about 3 minutes from the house, the 80-foot-tall waterfall is a sight to see in Hilo Town. The waterfall cascades over a lava cave that is said to be home to the ancient Hawaiian goddess Hina, the goddess of the moon.
Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo
Located 9 miles south of the house, this 12-acre zoo is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S., and features 80+ species.
Lili'uokalani Park and Gardens
With only an 8-minute drive south, the 24-acre park sits near the ocean and features Edo-style gardens, koi ponds, and a Japanese tea house.
'Imiloa Astronomy Center
Located 5 miles away in Hilo is the astronomy and education center, which features exhibits and shows engrained in Hawaiian culture, history, and astronomy.
The state park is located 13 miles north of Hilo and is home to the 442 ft. tall waterfall. The park includes a 0.4 mile loop footpath that requires some physical exertion.
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano with a peak of 13,802 feet, which is the highest point in the state of Hawaii. It is located 45 minutes from the house. The Visitor Information Station (VIS), at 9,200 feet above sea level, offers a free Star Gazing program during the week.
Hawaii Botanical Gardens
About 4.5 miles north on the scenic Route 19, the nature preserve features streams, waterfalls, and a boardwalk along the beautiful Onomea Bay. There are over 2,000 plant species, so this is a wonderful place for flora and fauna.
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Located only 1/2 mile from the house is the museum, which is dedicated to the history of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 tsunami which devastated much of the east coast of the Big Island, especially Hilo.