What to do on assignment in Hilo, Hawaii

Okay, let’s be honest. Who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii!? The island is a dream location for many travelers and what better way to visit than while you’re getting paid to play? There’s nothing like experiencing island life for yourself.


Here are some of the top things our travelers have said you can’t miss during your visit

  1. Rainbow Falls: Grab your camera and head to Rainbow Falls. The waterfall is 80 feet high and you can get up close and personal. You’ll get the best view of the rainbows in the early morning. Plus, it’s not far from the biggest falls on the island. The ‘Akaka Falls drop 422 feet! It’s a bit of a hike to get there, but both views are well worth the trek.
  2. Helicopter Tours: Want to see an erupting volcano? The Blue Hawaiian offers a helicopter tour of the big island where you’ll see a little bit of everything during the 50 minutes you’re in the air. The chopper will fly over lava flows, tropical rainforests, and cascading waterfalls while you learn all about the history and culture of Hawaii.
  3. Kaumana Caves: Easy to get to and great for first-time cave divers, Kaumana is a local favorite. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight for some good photos. The cave is a lava tube that was created back in 1881 from the Mauna Loa. It’s a free adventure, so why not!?

Hungry? Where to eat in Hilo, HI

Something savory

Moon and Turtle is an Asian-fusion cafe with a flair for fresh seafood and local ingredients. Their menu changes frequently and they post it to their Facebook page daily. It’s delicious and, like many things on the big island, not a far walk to the beach!

“Amazing food, great service, I could eat here every day!” -Paul L.

“We love, love, love this place. Soni and Marc were so gracious to host us for my husbands 50th birthday party. It was memorable and made the event even more special because of the staff and owners. Mahalo Plenty!!!!” -Tonya O.

“Must eat here when in Hilo. Beautiful food served family style. Small or large plates each dish brought to the table as soon as prepared. Sweet basil iced tea just right – taste the earthy basil with just a hint of sweetness. Unusual dishes menu changes daily. Rated #1 for good reason. You won’t find soup or salad on menu. But what wonderful choices. Not vegetarian.” -Lisa B.

Something sweet

Papa’a Palaoa Bakery is the best place in town to grab some fresh bread, pastries, pies and so much more. They even do sandwiches! Stop in and grab lunch and a pastry to save for an afternoon snack.

“Great selection of fresh bread and other baked goods. THE. BEST. PIE. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. My favorites are the deli rye and cranberry loafs and chappatis.” -Catarina Z.

“I was treated very well by the most friendly young lady who was working the counter. The cinnamon rolls are amazing I can’t wait to come back and try some of the homemade bread!” -Garitt A.

“Best cinnamon roll I have ever had, vegan, dripping with spice and some crunch! Great bran muffins!”Jo-Ann G.


What other travelers are saying about Hilo, HI

We asked our travelers what they thought about working in the Hilo area and here’s what they shared with us:

“Hilo is absolutely amazing. You can’t beat the views. You’re right on the ocean and there is plenty to do in the city. It’s the perfect place to take a travel assignment. You won’t want to leave.”

“Everywhere in Hawaii is pretty great. I’ve done a few assignments on the island and Hilo was by far my favorite. Friendly staff, great experiences, and calm but lively city. I would definitely recommend stopping by here while you’re on the road.”


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