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27 Apartments for rent in Hilo, HI

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355 Kalanianole Ave. #221 - 1, Orchid Manor
355 Kalanianaole St
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
Studio
$1,450
548 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:43 PM
Furnished studio on the second floor. Inventory includes queen size bed, sheets, towels, and dishes, etc. The complex features a secure building, in-ground pool, on-site laundry, Hilo Bay views, Resident Manager, elevator & video security system.
1 Unit Available
84 Pukihae Street #1106 - 1
84 Pukihae St
Hilo, HI | Puu Eo Ahupua`a
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,150
906 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:43 PM
Renovated two bedroom, two bath Bayshore Towers Condo with views of the Pacific and lush Hawaiian greenery. Lots of windows for your comfort. Beautiful colors and tropical atmosphere, unique and cheerful. New smoothtop range and Microwave hood..
1 Unit Available
360 Kauila Street #207 - 1
360 Kauila Street
Hilo, HI | Puu Eo Ahupua`a
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
706 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:43 PM
This FULLY FURNISHED unit features a full kitchen with convenient breakfast bar, disposal, stove and recently purchased refrigerator. Bright living area. There is a small window AC.
1 Unit Available
104 Alae Street - Unit B
104 Alae Street
Hilo, HI | Punahoa 2 Ahupua`a
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,890
800 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
Duplex. All utilities included. Nice yard for pets. Unit will be completely renovated.
1 Unit Available
444 Iloko Street - B
444 Iloko Street
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
Studio
$1,150
300 sqft
4 Bedrooms
Ask
Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
*If you see this ad this home is still available* All utilities included! Duplex home located in Hilo off of Mohouli Street which is a great location for all the daily wants and needs.
1 Unit Available
355 Kalanianaole Avenue #324 - 1
355 Kalanianaole Street
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
Studio
$1,457
548 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
Top floor, fully furnished, and air conditioned studio in a great location centrally located and close to Hilo's famous beach parks, great restaurants, the mall, downtown, and Banyan Drive.
1 Unit Available
40 Maile Street #301 - 1
40 Maile Street
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$950
838 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
3 Story Walk-Up Within walking distance to Schools, Restaurants, Grocery This is a Low-Income Housing Program. Income Limits and Occupancy Rules Apply.
1 Unit Available
346 Kauila Street, Unit 206
346 Kauila Street
Hilo, HI | Puu Eo Ahupua`a
1 Bedroom
$1,050
402 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
Located in Hilo, Hawaii 2nd Floor Walk-Up Vinyl Laminate Flooring Ceiling Fan in Bedroom and Living Room Granite Counter Tops in Kitchen and Bath 1 Assigned Parking Stall On-Site Coin Operated Laundry No Smoking No Pets
1 Unit Available
272 Kapiolani Villas # 103
272 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, HI | Ponahawai Ahupua`a
2 Bedrooms
$1,110
632 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Kapiolani Villas - Newly painted, ground floor 2-bedroom/1 bath unit with large lanai. Easy care tile flooring through out. This property does participate in the Section 8 (County Housing) program w/approval.
1 Unit Available
24 Pukihae Street, #221
24 Pukihae Street
Hilo, HI | Puu Eo Ahupua`a
1 Bedroom
$1,000
452 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Polynesia Capri - FULLY FURNISHED This cute furnished second-floor unit is located footsteps from the Pacific Ocean waterfront. Spacious living area with ceiling fans and a large bedroom walk-in closet.
1 Unit Available
173 Makalani St.
173 Makalani Street
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$1,950
1600 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Newly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in HILO (Waiakea area) - Beautiful! Newly refurbished 3 bedrooms 2 bath home with an additional family room. New paint inside & out. New beautiful Life Proof flooring throughout the home.
1 Unit Available
37 A Noio Lane
37 Noio Ln
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
3 BR 1 BA Home in Hilo (Duplex) - Available NOW! This home is a duplex. Spacious 3 bedroom 1 bath. Convenient location to schools, shopping and parks. Home includes range, refrigerator, washer and dryer. $1,400.
1 Unit Available
1875 Kalanianaole Avenue, #509
1875 Kalanianaole Street
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
720 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
1875 Kalanianaole Avenue, #509 Available 12/11/20 Mauna Loa Shores - Fully Furnished 2 BR / 1 BA unit with an enclosed lanai. Freshwater pool on site as well as coin-operated washer and dryer on every floor.
1 Unit Available
1767 Kilauea Avenue Unit 6
1767 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$1,875
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2.5 Home - Welcome to the village on Kilauea! Arguably Hilo's finest, and newest, rental housing project. These beautiful houses offer 3 bedrooms, 2.
1 Unit Available
366 West Puainako Street
366 West Puainako Street
Hilo, HI | Waiakea Ahupua`a
1 Bedroom
$600
90 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 08:07 AM
Newly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home less than 2 miles from UH Hilo and less than 3 miles from Hilo Medical Center.
Results within 5 miles of Hilo
1 Unit Available
16 Kuikahi Street
16 Kuikahi Street
Paukaa, HI | Paukaa Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
1300 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:43 PM
Three bedroom, 2 bath, beautifully decorated and fully furnished (including dishes, linens, cookware, etc.), overlooking ocean. Panoramic views through full glass wall and impressive, over 1000 sq ft of covered lanai with glass rails.
1 Unit Available
16-623 Old Volcano Road
16-623 Old Volcano Road
Keaau, HI | Keaau Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
896 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
Will be completely remodeled with all new appliances Will be completely remodeled
1 Unit Available
16-373 Old Volcano Road D
16-373 Old Volcano Road
Keaau, HI | Keaau Ahupua`a
2 Bedrooms
$1,550
700 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
Ohana lower unit. All utilities included. Renovated.
1 Unit Available
83 Anuenue Street Upstairs
83 Anuenue Street
Wainaku, HI | Halepuna Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$2,050
2100 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Clean, Fully Frnished, Utilities Included - Property Id: 307368 This 3 bedrooms home is move in ready, tastefully appointed and fully furnished. The bedrooms have full or queen sized beds, AC's, ceiling fans, ottomans, closet space and roku TV's.
1 Unit Available
27-329 Kaieie Rd
27-329 Kai'ei'ei Road
Papaikou, HI | Kaieie Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Kamaaina style home in Papaikou - 15 minutes to Hilo this older well kept home offers space with 2bed/1ba upstairs and 2 more rooms and half bath downstairs. Please contact agent for showing appointment. (RLNE6246032)
Results within 10 miles of Hilo
1 Unit Available
15-1625 11th Avenue
15-1625 11th Avenue
Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI | Keaau Ahupua`a
Studio
$975
400 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:43 PM
This darling cottage is the only house on the HPP acre. A tree-lined driveway provides privacy from the road. And the screened in lanai adds another room to the modest 400 square foot studio. The bathroom has a tiled shower and a unique vanity.
1 Unit Available
15-2028 15th Avenue
15-2028 15th Avenue
Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI | Waikahekahe Ahupua`a
3 Bedrooms
$1,350
1110 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:43 PM
A solid rental house in HPP, each of the three bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. Sliding glass doors into every room, vinyl tile throughout, space for a washer inside, and a two-vehicle carport.
1 Unit Available
15-1878 26th Avenue
15-1878 26th Avenue
Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI | Waikahekahenui Ahupua`a
5 Bedrooms
$2,500
1708 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:43 PM
Large home in HPP! This beautiful house has five bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The acre lot is cleared and fenced with a rock wall, gated entry. The property features a covered lanai, two-car garage, huge yard and keyless entry.
1 Unit Available
18-1813 Haupia Street, Unit B
18-1813 Haupia Street
Mountain View, HI | Olaa Ahupua`a
4 Bedrooms
$2,155
1580 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 01:42 PM
**If you see this ad, this property is still available for rent.
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While some Hilo properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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City Guide

Hilo
We're from the big, big island, and we love our land / We're from the big, big island, listen to our reggae jam / Kailua-Kona, where the fishings fine / Kailua-Kona, it will blow your mind -- From "Kailua-Kona" by Ho'aikane
We're from the big, big island, and we love our land / We're from the big, big island, listen to our reggae jam / Kailua-Kona, where the fishings fine / Kailua-Kona, it will blow your mind -- From "Kailua-Kona" by Ho'aikane

The city of Hilo is located on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is the place to be if you are searching for a unique spot where the Hawaiian culture runs strong, and frequent rains keep everything green and lush. If you are looking for the "old Hawaii" feel and a laid-back lifestyle, you just might find it in Hilo.

Say Aloha to Hilo

Cost of living in paradise

Unless you plan to sleep in a tent, Hilo and everywhere else in Hawaii is relatively expensive. That said, Hilo is a little bit less expensive than most other places in Hawaii. This is partly due to the larger size of the Big Island, which has more land and fewer people than the rest of Hawaii. A one-bedroom apartment in Hilo will usually be slightly less expensive than one in Kona or on Maui or Oahu.

Moving here

Obviously, moving to Hawaii from the mainland or anywhere else in the world is going to cost you a bundle. Unless you have a lot of stuff that you can’t bear to part with, seriously consider arriving with a few suitcases and then buying what you need when you get here. Expect to pay a few thousand bucks minimum to send a container full of belongings to Hilo from the mainland. While scores of people make the move to Hawaii every year, many of them end up ditching paradise after a year for one reason or another, so keep this in mind when packing.

Finding your grass shack

Thanks to the movie Lilo & Stitch, most of the world knows that "ohana means family." An ohana also means an attached apartment added onto a house. Most homes in Hawaii have at least one of these, and while they may not offer the most privacy, they are nearly always less expensive than renting a separate cottage or home with its own land. Most are either 1- or 2-bedroom apartments and are either upstairs, downstairs, or share a wall with the main house. Be on the lookout for this word when searching for a place to stay here. All-utilities-paid apartments are pretty common since many ohanas are part of the main house and share the costs of electricity, water, and other expenses.

Shipping your car

To get your car here, the best thing to do is to drive it. To Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle! And then ship it from there. That's sounds a lot easier, right? This will cost you about a grand, and in two weeks your car will arrive in Hilo via Honolulu covered in a crust of salt. Apparently, cars lack a little flavoring during shipment. To ship it from anywhere other than the West Coast, expect to pay at least double. Yikes! For some strange reason, gas is usually less expensive in Hilo than on Maui or Kauai, which helps a little bit.

Say Aloha to Hilo
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Cost of living in paradise

Unless you plan to sleep in a tent, Hilo and everywhere else in Hawaii is relatively expensive. That said, Hilo is a little bit less expensive than most other places in Hawaii. This is partly due to the larger size of the Big Island, which has more land and fewer people than the rest of Hawaii. A one-bedroom apartment in Hilo will usually be slightly less expensive than one in Kona or on Maui or Oahu.

Moving here

Obviously, moving to Hawaii from the mainland or anywhere else in the world is going to cost you a bundle. Unless you have a lot of stuff that you can’t bear to part with, seriously consider arriving with a few suitcases and then buying what you need when you get here. Expect to pay a few thousand bucks minimum to send a container full of belongings to Hilo from the mainland. While scores of people make the move to Hawaii every year, many of them end up ditching paradise after a year for one reason or another, so keep this in mind when packing.

Finding your grass shack

Thanks to the movie Lilo & Stitch, most of the world knows that "ohana means family." An ohana also means an attached apartment added onto a house. Most homes in Hawaii have at least one of these, and while they may not offer the most privacy, they are nearly always less expensive than renting a separate cottage or home with its own land. Most are either 1- or 2-bedroom apartments and are either upstairs, downstairs, or share a wall with the main house. Be on the lookout for this word when searching for a place to stay here. All-utilities-paid apartments are pretty common since many ohanas are part of the main house and share the costs of electricity, water, and other expenses.

Shipping your car

To get your car here, the best thing to do is to drive it. To Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle! And then ship it from there. That's sounds a lot easier, right? This will cost you about a grand, and in two weeks your car will arrive in Hilo via Honolulu covered in a crust of salt. Apparently, cars lack a little flavoring during shipment. To ship it from anywhere other than the West Coast, expect to pay at least double. Yikes! For some strange reason, gas is usually less expensive in Hilo than on Maui or Kauai, which helps a little bit.

Neighborhood Hunting

Downtown Hilo: A tsunami pretty much wiped Hilo off the map back in 1960, but the downtown area has since been rebuilt. This is the place to live if you want to get around on foot or by bike and enjoy the feeling of a large town. Though most of the developments here are businesses, you can also find apartment rentals scattered around. There are plenty of local cafs and restaurants downtown, and you can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer's market.

University Area: For the young and the restless, the area surrounding the University of Hawaii is probably your best chance at excitement and nightlife on this side of the Big Island. There are plenty of apartment complexes and homes for rent in the surrounding area. Properties here range from completely run-down to upscale, so take a good look at a bunch of them when choosing.

North Hilo: Separated from the downtown area by the Wailuku River, this is a small, quaint neighborhood. All of the apartment rentals in this area are a short walk to the ocean and far enough away from downtown to be quiet with your thoughts. If you have them.

Hawaiian Paradise Park: This area is about 15 minutes south of Hilo, and is a massive grid of mostly unpaved roads, some right on the ocean and others a mile or so inland. This is a great neighborhood to live in if you want some open land to grow fruit. Or to raise a goat or two.

South of Hilo: The large area to the south of Hilo is called Puna. Most of the residents here either farm their land or commute to work in Hilo and the surrounding area. It definitely has more of a rural feeling to it. There are some nice towns like Keaau (20-minute drive) and Mountain View (30 minutes) that are within easy commuting distance. When searching for an apartment, make sure you check out the surrounding area since these neighborhoods can be pretty remote, and the roads can wash out in heavy rain.

Neighborhood Hunting
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Downtown Hilo: A tsunami pretty much wiped Hilo off the map back in 1960, but the downtown area has since been rebuilt. This is the place to live if you want to get around on foot or by bike and enjoy the feeling of a large town. Though most of the developments here are businesses, you can also find apartment rentals scattered around. There are plenty of local cafs and restaurants downtown, and you can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer's market.

University Area: For the young and the restless, the area surrounding the University of Hawaii is probably your best chance at excitement and nightlife on this side of the Big Island. There are plenty of apartment complexes and homes for rent in the surrounding area. Properties here range from completely run-down to upscale, so take a good look at a bunch of them when choosing.

North Hilo: Separated from the downtown area by the Wailuku River, this is a small, quaint neighborhood. All of the apartment rentals in this area are a short walk to the ocean and far enough away from downtown to be quiet with your thoughts. If you have them.

Hawaiian Paradise Park: This area is about 15 minutes south of Hilo, and is a massive grid of mostly unpaved roads, some right on the ocean and others a mile or so inland. This is a great neighborhood to live in if you want some open land to grow fruit. Or to raise a goat or two.

South of Hilo: The large area to the south of Hilo is called Puna. Most of the residents here either farm their land or commute to work in Hilo and the surrounding area. It definitely has more of a rural feeling to it. There are some nice towns like Keaau (20-minute drive) and Mountain View (30 minutes) that are within easy commuting distance. When searching for an apartment, make sure you check out the surrounding area since these neighborhoods can be pretty remote, and the roads can wash out in heavy rain.

Hilo, How Are You?

Hilo is quite different from most other towns in Hawaii. There aren’t any white-sand beaches, and it rains more here than in almost any other town in the Aloha State. It is beautiful, though, and the rugged, black-sand coast and lava flows are amazing. The jungle produces all kinds of fruits and flowers that won’t grow on the parched Kona side of the island.

The vog factor

The Big Islands volcano continually spews noxious gases, which can be toxic. It's referred to as vog. Fortunately, the trade winds blow from east to west, sending these clouds over to the other side of the island and beyond. The air really only gets lousy on occasional days when the winds shift.

Getting around

Unless you are content to stroll around downtown, get yourself a car. Plenty of "Hawaiian cruisers" can be had for very little money. There are so many amazing places to discover on The Big Island that you will really be missing out if you dont have a car. Or, try commuting by surfboard--it's more time consuming, of course.

What to do

Most of the activities in Hilo take place during the day; explore the black-sand beaches, go fishing, take a dip in a cool waterfall, visit a fruit farm, or head up the mountain. That's right: take a hike! When the sun goes down, Hilo pretty much shuts down, apart from a few bars and restaurants that keep the night owls happy.

Local festivals

Every year, Hilo roars to life during the famous Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Tens of thousands of people descend on the town for a couple of weeks, snatching up every single hotel room and bringing excitement to the city. There are hula shows at various locations throughout town, and other fun events take place all over the city. So come over and say hello to Hilo!

Hilo, How Are You?
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Hilo is quite different from most other towns in Hawaii. There aren’t any white-sand beaches, and it rains more here than in almost any other town in the Aloha State. It is beautiful, though, and the rugged, black-sand coast and lava flows are amazing. The jungle produces all kinds of fruits and flowers that won’t grow on the parched Kona side of the island.

The vog factor

The Big Islands volcano continually spews noxious gases, which can be toxic. It's referred to as vog. Fortunately, the trade winds blow from east to west, sending these clouds over to the other side of the island and beyond. The air really only gets lousy on occasional days when the winds shift.

Getting around

Unless you are content to stroll around downtown, get yourself a car. Plenty of "Hawaiian cruisers" can be had for very little money. There are so many amazing places to discover on The Big Island that you will really be missing out if you dont have a car. Or, try commuting by surfboard--it's more time consuming, of course.

What to do

Most of the activities in Hilo take place during the day; explore the black-sand beaches, go fishing, take a dip in a cool waterfall, visit a fruit farm, or head up the mountain. That's right: take a hike! When the sun goes down, Hilo pretty much shuts down, apart from a few bars and restaurants that keep the night owls happy.

Local festivals

Every year, Hilo roars to life during the famous Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Tens of thousands of people descend on the town for a couple of weeks, snatching up every single hotel room and bringing excitement to the city. There are hula shows at various locations throughout town, and other fun events take place all over the city. So come over and say hello to Hilo!

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City Guide

Hilo
We're from the big, big island, and we love our land / We're from the big, big island, listen to our reggae jam / Kailua-Kona, where the fishings fine / Kailua-Kona, it will blow your mind -- From "Kailua-Kona" by Ho'aikane
We're from the big, big island, and we love our land / We're from the big, big island, listen to our reggae jam / Kailua-Kona, where the fishings fine / Kailua-Kona, it will blow your mind -- From "Kailua-Kona" by Ho'aikane

The city of Hilo is located on the eastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is the place to be if you are searching for a unique spot where the Hawaiian culture runs strong, and frequent rains keep everything green and lush. If you are looking for the "old Hawaii" feel and a laid-back lifestyle, you just might find it in Hilo.

Say Aloha to Hilo

Cost of living in paradise

Unless you plan to sleep in a tent, Hilo and everywhere else in Hawaii is relatively expensive. That said, Hilo is a little bit less expensive than most other places in Hawaii. This is partly due to the larger size of the Big Island, which has more land and fewer people than the rest of Hawaii. A one-bedroom apartment in Hilo will usually be slightly less expensive than one in Kona or on Maui or Oahu.

Moving here

Obviously, moving to Hawaii from the mainland or anywhere else in the world is going to cost you a bundle. Unless you have a lot of stuff that you can’t bear to part with, seriously consider arriving with a few suitcases and then buying what you need when you get here. Expect to pay a few thousand bucks minimum to send a container full of belongings to Hilo from the mainland. While scores of people make the move to Hawaii every year, many of them end up ditching paradise after a year for one reason or another, so keep this in mind when packing.

Finding your grass shack

Thanks to the movie Lilo & Stitch, most of the world knows that "ohana means family." An ohana also means an attached apartment added onto a house. Most homes in Hawaii have at least one of these, and while they may not offer the most privacy, they are nearly always less expensive than renting a separate cottage or home with its own land. Most are either 1- or 2-bedroom apartments and are either upstairs, downstairs, or share a wall with the main house. Be on the lookout for this word when searching for a place to stay here. All-utilities-paid apartments are pretty common since many ohanas are part of the main house and share the costs of electricity, water, and other expenses.

Shipping your car

To get your car here, the best thing to do is to drive it. To Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle! And then ship it from there. That's sounds a lot easier, right? This will cost you about a grand, and in two weeks your car will arrive in Hilo via Honolulu covered in a crust of salt. Apparently, cars lack a little flavoring during shipment. To ship it from anywhere other than the West Coast, expect to pay at least double. Yikes! For some strange reason, gas is usually less expensive in Hilo than on Maui or Kauai, which helps a little bit.

Say Aloha to Hilo
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Cost of living in paradise

Unless you plan to sleep in a tent, Hilo and everywhere else in Hawaii is relatively expensive. That said, Hilo is a little bit less expensive than most other places in Hawaii. This is partly due to the larger size of the Big Island, which has more land and fewer people than the rest of Hawaii. A one-bedroom apartment in Hilo will usually be slightly less expensive than one in Kona or on Maui or Oahu.

Moving here

Obviously, moving to Hawaii from the mainland or anywhere else in the world is going to cost you a bundle. Unless you have a lot of stuff that you can’t bear to part with, seriously consider arriving with a few suitcases and then buying what you need when you get here. Expect to pay a few thousand bucks minimum to send a container full of belongings to Hilo from the mainland. While scores of people make the move to Hawaii every year, many of them end up ditching paradise after a year for one reason or another, so keep this in mind when packing.

Finding your grass shack

Thanks to the movie Lilo & Stitch, most of the world knows that "ohana means family." An ohana also means an attached apartment added onto a house. Most homes in Hawaii have at least one of these, and while they may not offer the most privacy, they are nearly always less expensive than renting a separate cottage or home with its own land. Most are either 1- or 2-bedroom apartments and are either upstairs, downstairs, or share a wall with the main house. Be on the lookout for this word when searching for a place to stay here. All-utilities-paid apartments are pretty common since many ohanas are part of the main house and share the costs of electricity, water, and other expenses.

Shipping your car

To get your car here, the best thing to do is to drive it. To Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle! And then ship it from there. That's sounds a lot easier, right? This will cost you about a grand, and in two weeks your car will arrive in Hilo via Honolulu covered in a crust of salt. Apparently, cars lack a little flavoring during shipment. To ship it from anywhere other than the West Coast, expect to pay at least double. Yikes! For some strange reason, gas is usually less expensive in Hilo than on Maui or Kauai, which helps a little bit.

Neighborhood Hunting

Downtown Hilo: A tsunami pretty much wiped Hilo off the map back in 1960, but the downtown area has since been rebuilt. This is the place to live if you want to get around on foot or by bike and enjoy the feeling of a large town. Though most of the developments here are businesses, you can also find apartment rentals scattered around. There are plenty of local cafs and restaurants downtown, and you can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer's market.

University Area: For the young and the restless, the area surrounding the University of Hawaii is probably your best chance at excitement and nightlife on this side of the Big Island. There are plenty of apartment complexes and homes for rent in the surrounding area. Properties here range from completely run-down to upscale, so take a good look at a bunch of them when choosing.

North Hilo: Separated from the downtown area by the Wailuku River, this is a small, quaint neighborhood. All of the apartment rentals in this area are a short walk to the ocean and far enough away from downtown to be quiet with your thoughts. If you have them.

Hawaiian Paradise Park: This area is about 15 minutes south of Hilo, and is a massive grid of mostly unpaved roads, some right on the ocean and others a mile or so inland. This is a great neighborhood to live in if you want some open land to grow fruit. Or to raise a goat or two.

South of Hilo: The large area to the south of Hilo is called Puna. Most of the residents here either farm their land or commute to work in Hilo and the surrounding area. It definitely has more of a rural feeling to it. There are some nice towns like Keaau (20-minute drive) and Mountain View (30 minutes) that are within easy commuting distance. When searching for an apartment, make sure you check out the surrounding area since these neighborhoods can be pretty remote, and the roads can wash out in heavy rain.

Neighborhood Hunting
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Downtown Hilo: A tsunami pretty much wiped Hilo off the map back in 1960, but the downtown area has since been rebuilt. This is the place to live if you want to get around on foot or by bike and enjoy the feeling of a large town. Though most of the developments here are businesses, you can also find apartment rentals scattered around. There are plenty of local cafs and restaurants downtown, and you can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer's market.

University Area: For the young and the restless, the area surrounding the University of Hawaii is probably your best chance at excitement and nightlife on this side of the Big Island. There are plenty of apartment complexes and homes for rent in the surrounding area. Properties here range from completely run-down to upscale, so take a good look at a bunch of them when choosing.

North Hilo: Separated from the downtown area by the Wailuku River, this is a small, quaint neighborhood. All of the apartment rentals in this area are a short walk to the ocean and far enough away from downtown to be quiet with your thoughts. If you have them.

Hawaiian Paradise Park: This area is about 15 minutes south of Hilo, and is a massive grid of mostly unpaved roads, some right on the ocean and others a mile or so inland. This is a great neighborhood to live in if you want some open land to grow fruit. Or to raise a goat or two.

South of Hilo: The large area to the south of Hilo is called Puna. Most of the residents here either farm their land or commute to work in Hilo and the surrounding area. It definitely has more of a rural feeling to it. There are some nice towns like Keaau (20-minute drive) and Mountain View (30 minutes) that are within easy commuting distance. When searching for an apartment, make sure you check out the surrounding area since these neighborhoods can be pretty remote, and the roads can wash out in heavy rain.

Hilo, How Are You?

Hilo is quite different from most other towns in Hawaii. There aren’t any white-sand beaches, and it rains more here than in almost any other town in the Aloha State. It is beautiful, though, and the rugged, black-sand coast and lava flows are amazing. The jungle produces all kinds of fruits and flowers that won’t grow on the parched Kona side of the island.

The vog factor

The Big Islands volcano continually spews noxious gases, which can be toxic. It's referred to as vog. Fortunately, the trade winds blow from east to west, sending these clouds over to the other side of the island and beyond. The air really only gets lousy on occasional days when the winds shift.

Getting around

Unless you are content to stroll around downtown, get yourself a car. Plenty of "Hawaiian cruisers" can be had for very little money. There are so many amazing places to discover on The Big Island that you will really be missing out if you dont have a car. Or, try commuting by surfboard--it's more time consuming, of course.

What to do

Most of the activities in Hilo take place during the day; explore the black-sand beaches, go fishing, take a dip in a cool waterfall, visit a fruit farm, or head up the mountain. That's right: take a hike! When the sun goes down, Hilo pretty much shuts down, apart from a few bars and restaurants that keep the night owls happy.

Local festivals

Every year, Hilo roars to life during the famous Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Tens of thousands of people descend on the town for a couple of weeks, snatching up every single hotel room and bringing excitement to the city. There are hula shows at various locations throughout town, and other fun events take place all over the city. So come over and say hello to Hilo!

Hilo, How Are You?
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Hilo is quite different from most other towns in Hawaii. There aren’t any white-sand beaches, and it rains more here than in almost any other town in the Aloha State. It is beautiful, though, and the rugged, black-sand coast and lava flows are amazing. The jungle produces all kinds of fruits and flowers that won’t grow on the parched Kona side of the island.

The vog factor

The Big Islands volcano continually spews noxious gases, which can be toxic. It's referred to as vog. Fortunately, the trade winds blow from east to west, sending these clouds over to the other side of the island and beyond. The air really only gets lousy on occasional days when the winds shift.

Getting around

Unless you are content to stroll around downtown, get yourself a car. Plenty of "Hawaiian cruisers" can be had for very little money. There are so many amazing places to discover on The Big Island that you will really be missing out if you dont have a car. Or, try commuting by surfboard--it's more time consuming, of course.

What to do

Most of the activities in Hilo take place during the day; explore the black-sand beaches, go fishing, take a dip in a cool waterfall, visit a fruit farm, or head up the mountain. That's right: take a hike! When the sun goes down, Hilo pretty much shuts down, apart from a few bars and restaurants that keep the night owls happy.

Local festivals

Every year, Hilo roars to life during the famous Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Tens of thousands of people descend on the town for a couple of weeks, snatching up every single hotel room and bringing excitement to the city. There are hula shows at various locations throughout town, and other fun events take place all over the city. So come over and say hello to Hilo!