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Coconut Island, Hilo

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Once the site of a hospital, Coconut Island today serves as a popular beach and outdoor spot in the city. Make your way to the small island via the footbridge, grab a spot on the grass, and kick back with a picnic or a book as you sit surrounded by palm trees. Alternatively, go for a dip from one of the pint-sized beaches or explore the few remaining traces of the old hospital foundation. Be sure to bring your camera, as the island offers sweeping views of the ocean and coastline around you, as well as views across the bay to Hilo. You'll have access to picnic tables and public restrooms on the island. Take a look at our Hilo trip planning app to schedule your visit to Coconut Island and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • What a great place for a picnic or a walk. Great views in every direction in the Hilo Bay. Good place to swim and snorkel too. Easy to get to with free parking.  more »
  • Nice location in town to go have a picnic/take-out lunch. Surrounded by ocean, quiet, shaded, lots of room and washrooms. Small size so a good walk spot as well. Little, sheltered and shallow cove for...  more »
  • When you go to Hilo, must stop. People enjoy water, visit the picnic. Mauna Kea is visible on a clear day, the vantage point for photos. Here, young children at play with water cut in stone (throwing to slip on the water surface, choose flat stones what play Volley bounced or compete) is in a good place.
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A convenient starting point for any exploration of the eastern portion of the Island of Hawaii, Hilo features many air-conditioned hostels, ideally priced for backpackers and other travelers not intending to spend a great deal of time indoors. For additional amenities and more privacy, book a room at a private bed and breakfast or small hotel near the town's best beaches. To stay closer to the hub of tourist action, consider a mid-range inn located in one of the old buildings in Hilo's historic downtown area.
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