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A Walking Tour of Hilo

Put on some comfortable shoes, because Hilo is best explored on foot. All of the downtown destinations are within easy walking distance of each other. Start your excursion in front of the public library, on Waianuenue Avenue, four blocks from Kamehameha Avenue. Here, you'll find the massive Naha and Pinao stones, which legend says King Kamehameha I was able to move as a teenager, thus foretelling that someday he would be a powerful king. Cross the road to walk southeast along Kapiolani Street, and turn right on Haili Street to visit the historic Lyman Museum & Mission House. Back on Haili Street, follow this busy road toward the ocean; on your right you'll pass Haili Church.

Soon you'll reach Keawe Street with its plantation-style shop fronts. Stop at the Big Island Visitors Bureau on the right-hand corner for maps and brochures before taking a left. You'll bump into Kalakaua Street; for a quick respite turn left and rest on the benches in Kalakaua Park.

Continue makai on Kalakaua Street to visit the Pacific Tsunami Museum on the corner of Kalakaua and Kamehameha Avenues. After heading three blocks east, you'll come across the S. Hata Building, which has interesting shops and restaurants and the Mokupapapa: Discovery Center for Hawaii's Remote Coral Reefs Museum. Just next door, on either side of Mamo Street, is the Hilo Farmers' Market.

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