Hilo Farmers Market#6 in Best Things To Do in Hawaii - The Big Island
Local farmers and artisans congregate each day to sell everything from produce to seafood, handicrafts to clothing in downtown Hilo. And most travelers agree there's no better place on the Big Island to sample local produce and purchase local crafts. Hilo Farmers Market sells some of everything, from the run-of-the-mill (like pineapples and bananas) to more unique items (like jaboticaba fruit or bongo drums), but you'll have to arrive early and you can't be afraid to bargain. You can also enjoy some poke and shaved ice while you browse.
Though most travelers enjoyed their visit to the market (especially on Wednesdays or Saturdays, when the market welcomes the most vendors), some were disappointed with the selection of wares and crafts, cautioning that some of the goods did not appear to be local. Many said this was a great place to stop for lunch, but may not be a satisfying spot for quality souvenirs.
Hilo Farmers Market is located on the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue. Although there are about a dozen vendors each day, Wednesday and Saturday are the big market days, which draw more than 200 vendors. The market is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other day of the week. For more information, visit the market's official website.
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#1 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Four months after closing due to intense and damaging volcanic activity, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park reopened in mid-September 2018. "The Volcano," as it were, loosely refers to two active volcanoes in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park; specifically, it's Kilauea that's the real must-see. A 4,000-foot-tall mountain, Kilauea has been spitting, spewing and oozing since Jan. 3, 1983 and in May 2018, it started erupting, forcing evacuations and destroying entire communities. Although the eruptions have stopped, Kilauea is still at the top of America's list of volcanoes to monitor.
Most people who come to the park hope to see some lava flow; some travelers see a little bit, others are not as lucky. Check in at the Kilauea Visitor Center for up-to-date information on trails, safety precautions and where to expect lava flow.
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