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.