Hilo might be considered the only city on The Big Island. Upon entrance of Hilo is a short drive to Rainbow (water) Falls at about 80-ft in height. Hilo plays host to the biggest Hula festival in the world (The Merrie Monarch) each year in the month of April. The week long festival is dedicated and named after Hawaii’s last king (King David Kalakaua).
The funnel shape of Hilo bay makes it susceptible to tsunamis and is the location of the Pacific Tsunami Museum and the Imi Loa Astronomy Center. Being on the east side of the island, Hilo tends to have higher rainfall opposed to the west side of The Big Island, resulting in flushed green vegetation.