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Saturday, December 17, 2016

North America - Hawaii - Hilo - Heavenly Hilo

Welcome to Hilo
Once a thriving town bolstered by the sugar industry. The demise of sugar production has to kept Hilo in a time warp.

Downtown is walkable – with many Historic Buildings along the way.

Hilo Farmer’s Market has local produce baked goods, locally grown coffee, honey, nuts, oils, sugar, soap.

S. Hata Building
Built as a general store in 1912, the structure houses specialty shops, professional offices, and a restaurant.

Photo provided by Wikipedia

Kress Building
The Kress building, built-in 1932 housed Hilo's popular five-and-dime store until 1980. The historic building is the only remaining Kress building in the nation.

Pacific Tsunami Museum
This small museum provides multimedia information on tsunamis and their effect on the Pacific islands.

 Tsunami- Hilo, Hawaii

 Hawaii and Spam

 Banyan Drive
More than 50 leafy Banyan trees planted 60-70 years ago line the drive.

On the road to Akaka Falls State Park

As you drive along Highway 19, there is a sign that says, “Scenic Route”. It’s a short 4-mile drive coming in and out of the rainforest while over-looking the crashing sea.  The scenery is spectacular.

Along the way there is a sign for Onomea Falls – we parked the car and walked the trail.  It is a really peaceful and beautiful trail.


The trail backs up the back of the Hawaii Tropical Gardens, there is a guard posted at the small bridge on the trail making sure you do not enter the Gardens and signs telling you “Do not trespass”.


The 4-mile scenic drive exit brings you to Pepeekeo, a small community and a little country store called Historic Low store built-in 1925. They grow their own pineapples and bananas right outside.

Low Store and Fruit Stand

100% Kona Coffee

Fresh Pineapples

  Old Sugar Road

Like the other towns in Big Island's east coast, Pepeekeo's history is connected with Hawaii's sugar industry. The Pepeekeo Sugar Company was among the biggest producers of sugar cane in the island during the era.  

Heading to Akaka Falls you past a small town called Honomu. The town was established in the sugar cane era. There is a quaint main street of shops

Mr. Ed’s Bakery, formerly Ishigo' s – great home-made bakery goods, jams and jellies, located just 10 minutes from Akaka Falls State Park.

Honomu Odaishisan Buddhist temple
Japanese immigration to Hawaii that began in 1868 marked the beginnings of large-scale settlement and, with it, the establishment of a strong religious base of Buddhism.

Akaka Falls State Park
Following the Akaka Falls Loop Trail people can see both the Kahuna and ‘Akaka Falls (422 feet high) along with beautiful lush plants and trees

Tropical Forest

Mini water fall

Tall trees

 Follow the path

 Exotic Plants

Akaka Falls


A hui hou – Until we meet again

It was a beautiful day in Hilo, cloudy, sunny,  slight breeze, no rain.  The scenery was spectacular in everyway, it was Heavenly.

December 2016

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