Just south of the Hamakua Coast are the North and South Hilo Districts. South Hilo is comprised almost entirely with the town of Hilo, the largest city on the Big Island and the local government seat.|
South Hilo District Overview:
Hilo is a picturesque town, with beautiful formal gardens and home yards thickly carpeted with rich, verdant lawns and abundant, colorful flowering trees and plants.
Hilo has an undeserved reputation for rainy weather, but since much of its rain falls as nighttime showers, daytime activities are very enjoyable. In fact, there are about 345 days each year, on the average, when daytime weather is amenable for outdoor activities.
Temperatures in Hilo are tempered by the trade winds and range from the mid-70s to mid-80s.
Hilo also has one of the most major airports on the island, as well as a port that accepts cargo ships, container vessels and cruise ships.
Major Towns in South Hilo:
The town of Hilo wraps around Hilo Bay, and recalls the bygone days of small town life, which Hilo had retained throughout its long history. A busy farming and fishing population center during ancient Hawaiian times, it evolved into the main commercial center for the sugar industry on Hawaii's Big Island and the island's county government seat.
Hilo is an old fashioned town, known for its beautiful gardens and characterized by the early 1900s architecture of its historic buildings. Hilo is also one of the state's largest cities, with a population of over 40,000. It has a busy seaport and is a commercial and tourist hub of the island.
It now services the major agricultural transition taking place as East Hawaii moves from historical large-scale sugar plantations into smaller scale, diversified farming. Sugarcane, fruits, macadamia nuts and orchids, are cultivated in the surrounding area.
The peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, whose slopes trap life-giving rains, dominate the lush, verdant windward region of the island. Hilo's moist but sunny climate produces rich, lush landscapes and flowers of exceptional beauty sold the world over.
Hilo's environs are imbued with a wealth of visitor diversions, among them beaches and watersports, golf courses and tennis courts, scenic drives, state parks, museums, botanical gardens and nurseries as well as flightseeing and tours of plantations. The University of Hawaii has a campus in the city.
Major Subdivisions in South Hilo: