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Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

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Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

We are considering doing a house swap with someone in Hilo in June. I've never been to Hawaii, so I'm a bit scared away by the rain. What do you think?

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1. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

I urge you to do some more research on the dive times and geography of the Island. I can't imagine 2 weeks in Hilo with young kids. You will be far from any beaches and most tourist activities. Please read past threads which will explain a lot to you. I will bump a recent thread called Hilo Good Fun? for you.

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2. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

well, June will likely be some of the year's drier weather, and we appear to be in a drought year.

You can't come to Hilo with a preconception of Hawai`i based on tourism brochures about Maui, Waikiki, or the Kona side. It is what it is -- which in my opinion is quite wonderful for seeing something of the real Hawai`i.

It would be tiring to plan too many day trips to the west side -- maybe two a week at most.

How old are the kids? Onekahakaha Beach Park is a good place to take young kids because it's very protected.

When it rains during the day, people here with kids to entertain do stuff like go to the mall and go to the movies.

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3. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

Please provide more info on what your family is interested in DOING. If you mainly want a nice house to sit in and do things nearby, maybe the house would work. If you want sunny beaches or seeing the west side sights, perhaps not the best locale.

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4. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

Aloha, I would love to know the general area of "Hilo" the house is in. I ask because I have been amazed....

Is this the only way you can do Hawaii? If so YES do it! Plan on doing some driving if you want to do swimming beaches, but the drives are very pretty. There is lots to do on the Hilo Side and the 2 weeks will go fast.

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5. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

I don't know how young your kids are but Hilo has lots to offer. There is the Tsunami Museum, the zoo, the Lyman Museum, Imoloa Astronomy center, and a Ocean center I haven't been to yet. There are lots of small beaches and spots to see fish and turtles. Big Island Candies and Macademia farms. Plus beautiful parks and farmers markets. Plus it isn't far to explore and re-explore Volcano park. You could also take a few day trips to Kona. I think it is a great spot but I supposed I am biased, I would love to spend two weeks there.

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6. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

Hilo is a suburban city, with a tiny old downtown, government offices, container port and a very local ethnic/close community.

A visit if 2 days would be stretching it.. the volcano add 2 more... that leaves you 10 days staring out the window or driving 8 hours a ( $100 in gas)...every day.

Hilo has an exposed coast, no reefs, no azure water,No sandy beaches...no visitor services.

Its a working mans town.... not a vacation center.

all of the Kid friendly beaches, snorkeling, restauraunts, activities, are a 3 hour drive one way from Hilo...

Hilo is cooler and more humid and on the rainy side of the island than the west side. There are way more bugs there and rain. It is in a very tropical jungel/rain forest climate. The higher you get above hilo the colder and wetter it gets

It will potentialy rain every other day....light misty but on an off at the coast...at 1200 ft every day -everyday.

If this is your first trip to hawaii Hilo is NOT the place to go.... maybe after your 3rd or 4th trip because as KK said it has nothing you have seen in the travel posters...

Run dont walk from this.... its not a family place

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7. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

>>>all of the Kid friendly beaches, snorkeling, restauraunts, activities, are a 3 hour drive one way from Hilo...

I have to disagree with you here, Dan.

Like I said, Onekahakaha is one of the safest swimming areas for very young children on the whole island. It's downside is the water is a bit cool, in the winter, but in summer it will be pleasant.

All the questions asked are excellent ... and without some answers I won't say more. It's very important to know whether this house is in the town of Hilo. Some people wrongly use the term Hilo to mean a wide area that includes parts of Puna. Then, Hilo comprises two districts, South and North, not just the town. So where is this house? What street is it on? You don't need to post the address, if privacy is a concern.

Hilo is very much a family town, I would say more of a family town than Kona, as far as island life goes. The kids raised in Hilo have no problem amusing themselves. Staying in Hilo would be far more of an educational cultural experience than staying in a condo in Waikoloa Beach. They would see families who are neither on vacation or serving people on vacation.

Hilo is full of parks, has a zoo, has beach parks; it's actually much more common to see kids playing outdoors in public areas in Hilo than when driving around Kona. This only applies to Hilo town though.

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8. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

Um...what ELSE is available for the swap? Hilo seems like an OK place to live if you have work there, but it isn't my idea of a vacation spot. (It wouldn't be OK for ME to live there, due to the mold. The climate is better for tropical plants than it is for asthmatics -- or many other people.)

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9. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

I'm looking out my window at Hilo today ...

birds flying, ocean blue as can be, palm tree frondss lightly dancing, butterflies whooshing around, puffy white clouds, blue sky, green everywhere, flowers, perfect temperature. I'm happy just looking and feeling. I don't need to DO anything.

However, I'm babysitting a four year old who is bored without constant interaction. I think he would be bored anywhere--no less bored if he were on Hapuna Beach. Oh wait, if he were on Hapuna he'd be frying in the sun.

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10. Re: Hilo good for 2 wks in June with young kids?

For me it would really depend on where the house is located. There are fewer upscale neighborhoods on that side of the island and you might end up in a very small moldy house with a view of the houses next to it (very close to it). I'd hate that. In the general Hilo area - not just the city of Hilo - there are some homes that have gorgeous ocean views.

I like Hilo a lot. Spending two weeks there would definitely be possible for me. But there's a good chance it isn't the Hawaii you are picturing in your mind. Everything that's been said already is so true. It is not tourist-town but that's not really a bad thing. You'll have a car and can easily get to Volcanos National Park. You can drive to the Kona side as a day trip. But be very careful about this house swap. I'd want to see pictures showing more than just the interior and front door. You need to know what the neighborhood looks like, how close the other houses are, does it have A/C (probably not), is there a view (if that's important to you - it would be to me)? If you post the address there are people on this forum who can let you know about the area.