The Hilo District, on the Island of Hawai'i, is the largest settlement in the only state to be completely comprised of islands. With the University of Hawaii located in Hilo, the region offers a spunky taste of this tropical culture. The University is located on the island of Hawai'i, better known as the Big Island, which in-itself holds more than enough adventure, beauty and intrigue to satisfy anyone's appetite for the unusual.
Hilo is brimming with markets, sandy coasts and tropical groves. Rainbow Falls, an 80 foot waterfall, covers the entrance of an ancient cave rumored to be the mother of the demigod Maui. The river runs into the Boiling Pots, which is a collection of lava tubes and rocks where the water appears to boil as it makes its way through. Be sure to also cruise down the Banyan Drive, a tree-lined street that runs along the shores of Hilo, where in celebrities, adventurers, religious leaders and politicians are honored by planting trees along the walk way. As if all that wasn't enough to satisfy a tourist's appetite, The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo is also one of a kind, located in a rainforest and offering glimpses into the lives of many endangered animals.
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