1. Affordable living.
Property prices in Hilo are on average much lower compared to many of Hawaii’s major towns. This is due in part to the area’s agricultural economy.
2. National parks.
The interior of the Big Island has many national parks easily accessible from Hilo. These parks are famous for their rare species of plants and animals, as well as some of the most breathtaking geological formations on the planet. Check out the Kilauea Volcano and try to catch one of its almost weekly eruptions.
3. Local food.
The Hilo area is home to many of Hawaii’s major farms and ranches. Residents enjoy access to some of the freshest island-grown fare, including organic grass fed beef and fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets and roadside fruit stands are common weekend destinations.
4. Travel options.
Many major airlines fly directly in to the Hilo International Airport, making inter-island and overseas travel a breeze.
5. Higher education.
The University of Hawaii’s Hilo campus gives Hilo the vibrancy and culture of a college town without taking away from its small-town feel.