Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo is located in Hawaii County on the east side of the Big Island. It is the largest city on the island of Hawaii. Hilo is the third wettest city in the United States.

There are many places to see such as Honoli'i Beach Park, Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Pacific Tsunami Museum, and University of Hawaii at Hilo Botanical Gardens, just to name a few.

The Merrie Monarch Festival takes place here every year.

The city is situated on two volcanoes, Mauna Loa, an active volcano, and Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano. Mauna Kea is also the site of some of the most important ground-based astronomical observatories in the world.

In the mid 1800's Hilo became a trading center as sugar plantations in the surrounding areas expanded and created new jobs .

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was created in 1949 to track tsunamis and provide an early warning system for Hawaiians after 160 people were killed by a giant wave in 1946.
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