[ hee-loh ]

  1. a seaport on the east coast of the Island of Hawaii in southeastern Hawaii, and the island’s largest city.

Origin of Hilo

From Hawaiian Hilo, traditionally translated as “to twist”

Words Nearby Hilo

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How to use Hilo in a sentence

  • After a day spent hiking and watching the Kilauea eruption at Hawaii Volcanoes, soak those tired bones in a wood-fired hot tub and chill out on the enormous california king bed at this rustic bamboo cabin on the Hilo side of the Big Island.

  • McClelland points to years of public anti-helicopter activism, like the 2018 hearings in Hilo, Hawaii, or the six hours of testimony over Zoom in Jackson Hole in April, as a positive sign that given a platform to speak, they will.

  • Hilo may even return to national prominence, as it did in 2011, when its senior division won the little league world series.

  • Kilauea is more than two hundred miles southeast of Honolulu, and thirty miles inland from the port of Hilo.

    Your National Parks | Enos A. Mills
  • The next day was darker, and the next after that, when a gale came down upon us that seemed likely to swamp Motu Hilo.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas | Charles Warren Stoddard
  • It might have been blown from Motu Hilo, and seemed ominous of something, I scarcely knew what.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas | Charles Warren Stoddard
  • We sailed along close to the shore, and by two o'clock were near the entrance to the Bay of Hilo.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' | Annie Allnut Brassey
  • I think at least half the population of Hilo had been on board the yacht in the course of the day, as a Christmas treat.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' | Annie Allnut Brassey