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Hilo Farmers Market

Corner of Mamo St and Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Hawaii

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We shopped here as soon as our flights landed, then on to our VRBO where we planned to cook each other romantic dinners all week.  And breakfasts, of course.   We stocked up on veggies and fruit,  daring each other to get the weirdest looking, most unfamiliar things so we could give them a try - dragon fruit, the "weird looking" bananas, the yellow thing neither of us had seen before but it smelled good...  We were disappointed we couldn't find guava! This is the only place to buy produce on the big island.  We went to the grocery stores and the only produce we found that was acceptable after the farmers market were some sweet potatoes and onions (this was later in the trip).   We also later found out why we...

Hilo Farmers Market

Corner of Mamo St and Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Hawaii

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How can you get the freshest produce on the Big Island at a really affordable price? Find the Hilo Farmers Market and your at the right spot. Located in downtown Hilo at the intersection of Kamehameha Ave and Mamo St. For you tourist plug that into your GPS. They have vendors there 7 days a week, but on wednesday and saturday is when the market has most of it's vendors all there. On those two days, it gets really busy. On one side of the street you will find several different people selling all of the freshest vegetables you can imagine. You can walk around compare and look for the best veggies at the best prices. Then walk around again and select the one that are the best for you. Some sellers are willing t...

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo

Stainback Hwy (off Hwy 11), Hilo, Hawaii

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What a great find! i have been to the island 3 times and was very happy to find it. The petting zoo is only open for an hour on Saturday but that is reasonable since it is all run by volunteers and it is free. The white...

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo

Stainback Hwy (off Hwy 11), Hilo, Hawaii

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Love coming here every year with my family. It's a small place, but there's lots to see. The birds and primates in particular have a lot of ...

'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

600 'Imiloa Plz, Hilo, Hawaii

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Imiloa is a super contribution to the town of Hilo. It's shiny and new for one thing, and in sleepy Hilo town that is quite significant because the only shiny new competition around here is Target and Safeway. It's also very educational, of course, and tastefully blends and addresses issue of Astronomy and Hawaiian culture. Imiloa is also quite a bit more fun for the keiki than the Tsunami or Lyman Museums.  It's very interactive and is bound to have at least a couple of exhibitions that amaze your kids. My personal favorites are the entrance exhibit, the cosmic kitchen, and the 4D theater. Oh, just a helpful hint, there's only one set of restrooms (right by the front desk), so try to go before you get into ...

'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

600 'Imiloa Plz, Hilo, Hawaii

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The planetarium show was good and afterward I particularly liked the description of the current night sky and how to find the planets and constellations currently viewable - this was not recorded but was given by a live presenter. Our impression of the interactive displays was mixed - some were interesting, others were more geared toward kids, and some were pretty complicated and we couldn't figure out what to do/how to operate them.  At some point a volunteer came up to us and pointed out a display we hadn't seen yet and we were able to ask him a lot of questions and he proceeded to show us several additional displays and told us more than was presented on the display panels, etc.  We really appreciated his...

Hilo Farmers Market

Corner of Mamo St and Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Hawaii

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There are very few people with whom I can vacation, and since my in-laws make the cut, perhaps they rate some code names.  Let's call Dad "Defense Dollars" and Mom "Butcher Shop Gal".  DD is very much the head of the family, and we all know his likes, dislikes, and stories.  BSG isn't a big talker, but we're learning all her funny behaviors when we take her outside of the house.  At a hot springs we uncovered her black roots when a kid grabbed her leg underwater, and she blurted, "What you touchin' my leg!" in pure Oaklanese.  Colorado revealed her jay-walking lawlessness, and the Hilo Farmer's Market  brought out the shameless bargainer in her.  She asks for deals in a matter of fact manner - she is buying ...

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo

Stainback Hwy (off Hwy 11), Hilo, Hawaii

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Every year that I have been to Hawaii, my family and I always make it a point to stop at this zoo.  It is such a beautiful place that it surprises me that not a lot of people know about it.  The admission is...

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo

Stainback Hwy (off Hwy 11), Hilo, Hawaii

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This zoo realllly impressed me. First, there is NO admission fee... so you think it's free so it's probably really tiny with not a lot of animals. That was not the case. The zoo was actually a decent size. They have all kinds of interesting birds, Bearcats, donkeys, goats, primates, and even a White Bengal tiger! The grounds and restrooms are also well maintained. Please note that they do have a box and coin deposit for donations when you enter/exit. My favorite part of the day was when we got to walk and pet 7 week old baby goats!! Soooo adorable. ( http://www.yelp.com/bi... ) The worst part of the visit was being attacked by mosquitoes!!!!! (I got 12 bites!) Folks, DON'T  FORGET to put your insect repellen...

Hilo Farmers Market

Corner of Mamo St and Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Hawaii

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Very lively market with some great prices. Some stuff we bought: - 3 rainbow papaya plus 2 normal papaya for $1 - a big bouquet of basil for $1 - 2 big baby bok choy for $1 (leaves were somewhat bitter, so I'd suggest only buying the small ones) - Some garlic and tomatoes that, on second thought, were probably not locally grown - Lots of exotic fruits like lychee ($3), longyan ($2), rambutan, and white pineapple ($2/lb). People were very friendly. In two separate incidents, fellow shoppers gave us advice when we looked confused about something. As for cooked food, I was less impressed. I bought a noodle dish from the person selling the musubis because she said they were vegetarian, but we found pieces of por...

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