Stop 2: Hilo
The history of Hilo began almost 1,100 years ago with the arrival of the Polynesians. More recently, in the 1820's, it was a center for missionaries, and later became a stopping off point for whaling ships, traders and explorers. By the 1900's Hilo was the hub of Big Island commerce. Hilo has had more than its fair share of natural disasters, including giant tidal waves (tsunamis) that hit the town in 1937, 1946, and 1960.
On a rare sunny day in Hilo, Cliff Mark likes to explore the park alongside Banyan Drive in Hilo. This is where many of the local hotels are located.
Just outside Hilo one can still often see locals fishing in the traditional manner. Many rocky pools make for fine fishing as well as very photogenic views.
It's hard to believe that you are seeing almost 14,000 ft of relief in the amazingly clear view of Mauna Kea, taken from Hilo Bay. One can get a good appreciation for how the vegetation changes as the elevation increases. To see just how desolate the summit area is, go to Stop #8 in this tour.
One of the most civilized ways to see Hawaii is to take a 3-day or 7-day cruise around the islands. Every weekend, one of these pleasure boats sails off into the sunset to see new wonders in Hawaii.
From here you can continue on to Stop 3 on the ground, or you can pick another point from the Big Island Virtual Field Trip page.
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