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Facts About Hilo

Facts and general information about the town of Hilo on the east coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Climate
Hilo has a warm, subtropical climate but it is also very wet. It is located on the eastern windward side of the Big Island and with up to 150 inches of rain a year it is the wettest city in the United States. A rainfall record was set in 1971 when Hilo saw almost 154 inches of rain. According to the National Weather Service, Hilo had the most rainfall for a 24 period in February of 1979. Most of the rain in Hilo falls at night and while daytime showers can be heavy, they are usually short. You will probably want to carry an unbrella or carry a light rain pancho when you are sightseeing in Hilo. Rain keeps the Hilo area lush and green and keeps its rivers and waterfalls full. The

Geography
Hilo is located on the east coast of the Big island of Hawaii. It is located on the edge of Hilo Bay where on a gentle slope that begins at the tops of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa mountains. Hilo is located about 30 miles from the Kilauea Volcano, which is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Hilo is about 54 square miles in size and most of the city is about 38 feet above sea level. On a clear day you can see the top of 14000 foot Mount Mauna Kea from Hilo and sometimes, in the winter, that peak is capped with snow.

Population and Ethnic Heritage
In 2000 the population of Hilo was 40,759 and the ethnic background of its residents was:
38% asian
29% mixed race (2 ore more)
17% white
13% pacific islander
08% hispanic or latino

Government
Hilo is not an incorporated city and it does not have its own government entity. The entire Big Island of Hawaii is governed by Hawaii County and the town of Hilo is the county seat. The town of Hilo is located in the South Hilo Region of the Big Island.

Education in Hilo
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
- Hawaii Community College
- Hilo High School
- St. Joseph Jr and Sr High School
- Waiakea High School
- Haili Christian School

See also:
- Other Hilo Resources
- Introduction to Hilo Town
- Other Big Island Attractions



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