Day Tripping: Big Island

People always ask me, “What’s your favorite island to visit?”

It’s a tough call — and it always depends.

If I’m looking for a relaxing weekend of doing nothing, I’d opt for Kauai. If I want to eat — and I mean eat — I’d go with Maui.

But if I wanted a mix of things to do — from hiking to lounging to eating massive plate lunches — there’s no island better than the Big Island.

Since my mom and boyfriend are both from Kailua-Kona, I’ve visited that side of the island more often. But the sleepy town of Hilo on Hawaii’s east side is one of my favorite towns. It’s quiet and rainy with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

I was there this weekend, touring the island — appropriately nicknamed “big” since it’s nearly twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined — from Hilo to Waimea to Kona.

Here’s what those 48 hours looked like, minus the food. That’s for tomorrow’s blog!

Old Hilo Town

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We arrived in Hilo, the county seat of Hawaii, to blue skies and balmy weather. This is usually the wettest side of the island, but we lucked out!

A peek inside the Hilo Farmer’s Market

Check out videos of my travels at Hawaii’s Official Tourism Site, go to Arts & Culture and view blog videos. And see more pics on my blog, The Cat Dish.