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Hop in your car hire and start exploring the city and get to know the affectionate locals of Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii is the biggest city on the Island of Hawai'i, which is commonly called “the Big Island”. With around 45 thousand residents, Hilo is adjacent to the active volcano Mauna Loa and the dormant volcano Mauna Kea, world-famous as a scientific study area for astronomy.

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If you're flying to the Big Island, you'll probably touch down at Hilo International Airport. There are several car rental companies located on-site at Hilo International, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National. The rental car offices can be found across the street from the Terminal building, on the ground level.

Once you've picked up your affordable car rental in Hilo, you'll be able to explore the big city, and all of Hawai'I County, at your convenience and at your own pace! You should definitely visit the Mauna Kea Observatory, as it is the top-rated attraction in the area – and you can even make your reservation online! And if you love the outdoors, you'll be in heaven while in Hilo. Drive your rental car to Akaka Falls State Park and see the waterfalls, or drive over to Richardson Beach Park, which is a great place to see wildlife. It's also the perfect place on the Big Island to see a sea turtle or two!

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Visit the largest settlement on the Island of Hawaii and compare the cheapest car rental in Hilo

Hilo is a census-designated place located in the state of Hawaii, United States. Hilo has a population of more than 40.200 residents and an area of 58.4 square miles (151.4 square kilometers), and is the largest settlement and county seat of the County of Hawai'i. The area in which Hilo currently is located began developing after the 1960s, when it expanded inland. The cultural life of the city grew in the 1980s, when museums, art galleries and theaters opened in Hilo. Currently, Hilo is a great destination for tourists arriving from all around the world, offering some scenic views but also numerous recreational opportunities.

Top Attractions within Hilo

Pacific Tsunami Museum was opened in Hilo to preserve the history of the city linked to one of the most devastating events that have affected this area. This museum also aims to educate people about tsunamis. Lyman House Memorial Museum is another cultural venue of Hilo, as well as the Palace Theater which first opened in 1925.

East Hawaii Cultural Center is one of the most impressive cultural venues that can be found in Hilo. Here, tourists will be able to see numerous art exhibits, but they can easily be impressed by the building itself, a construction dating back to 1817 and which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently the museum hosts a digital art exhibition.

Hilo Tropical Gardens will conquer you with a spectacular beauty. Located on an area of about 2 acres, the tropical gardens were first established in 1848. Numerous species of plants can be seen here, but the place is also great for tourists who want to enjoy an unique outdoor adventure in the camping areas of the tropical gardens.

Kalakaua Park is not only an important natural area of Hilo, but also a historical one, due to the numerous historic buildings and war memorials that can be found in the area. The park was established in 1874.

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo is an amazing zoo located in a rainforest in Hilo. More than 60 species of animals and over 40 species of plants can be seen in this spectacular place.

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Top depots in Hilo
  • Hertz Hertz Hilo Hle Off Airport - 400 E Kawili Street, Hilo, HI. 96720
  • Enterprise Enterprise Pohakuloa Training Area - Pohakuloa Training Area Mile Marker 33 (Hwy 200), Hilo, HI. 96720
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