Hilo claims to be the rainiest city in the USA with about 130 inches of rain per year. If you walk through Hilo, you will be convinced that it is not statistics only, but reality. While "Hard Rock Cafes" are located in Honolulu and Lahaina, Hilo has a "Hard Rain Cafe" which offers a "Rainy Day Special".We chose to stay in Hilo to be nearer to the Volcanic National Park, and we did not regret it. However, if you want to have a lot of sunshine during your stay on Big Island, you should chose a different place, for instance the Kailua-Kona area with its fine beaches
A Hawaiian Airlines passenger jet during final approach to Hilo Aiport from the balcony of our hotel room. It was the only day when we could see the telescopes on Mauna Kea very clearly, a proof that it does not rain all the time in Hilo.
Don't miss the market when you are in Hilo. It really rained a lot when we were shopping in these tents, but we enjoyed it. The best buy of all offers were apple bananas, little bananas with a refreshing and a bit sour taste, and we got a little bunch for 50 cents.
Only a short drive from Hilo to the north on Road 19, and you can admire the Akaka Falls. They are not far from a scenic drive along the coastline that passes the botanical garden. A sign at the entrance of the garden saying that "Flowers in the Botanical Garden look beautiful in the rain" reminds you to keep your raingear with you.
Link: Visit the Pacific Tsunami Museum Homepage, a museum in Hilo