Southwest Airlines is proud to serve Hilo International Airport.

Once the primary entry point for visitors to the Island of Hawaii, Hilo now sees fewer visitors than the west coast’s Kona but is still full of rich Hawaiian culture and opportunities for adventure.

Gardens abound in the Hilo area, perfect for flower fans to explore. Nearby Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is 17 acres of preserved valley which combines plant life and stunning waterfalls. Another chance to take in a mesmerizing waterfall is at Rainbow Falls and Peepee Falls in Wailuku River State Park. Orchid fans should plan a visit to Nani Mau Gardens—but don’t miss the fruit orchards or the butterfly house. The acreage of Liliuokalani Park and Gardens was donated by Queen Liliuokalani and contains several Japanese gardens. Hilo is also home to the only rainforest zoo in the U.S., Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, which houses several exotic animals including Bengal tigers.

While Hilo is no longer a leader in sugar production, it does continue to grow and export macadamia nuts. But there’s much more on the menu: Hilo is known for its adventurous food scene that includes everything from street food to haute cuisine and remains distinctly local. Sushi and other Japanese favorites are easy to find, but locals also love their no-frills pancake houses. And desserts abound, from mochi treats to French patisseries.

Hilo (Island of Hawaii) beckons. Book your next flight with Southwest. Southwest Airlines flies to Hilo International Airport, which makes starting your island adventure simpler. And when you book with Southwest, you can book with confidence, knowing that the process will be straightforward from flight selection to checkout. Of course, having a memorable trip is about more than finding a great deal on a flight. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your next flight to Hilo International Airport.

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Things to do in Hilo (Island of Hawaii).

Nature sightseeing
  • Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Liliuokalani Park and Gardens
  • Nani Mau Gardens
Can’t-miss museums
  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum
  • Lyman House Memorial Museum
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum
Cultural sights
  • East Hawaii Cultural Center
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Kalakaua Park

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