Hilo (pron.: /ËhiËloÊ/) is the largest census-designated place (CDP) and the largest settlement on the Island of HawaiÊ»i, also known as the County of HawaiÊ»i. The population was 40,759 at the 2000 census. The population increased by 6.1% to 43,263 at the 2010 census.
Hilo is the county seat of the County of HawaiÊ»i and is located in the District of South Hilo. The town overlooks Hilo Bay, situated upon two shield volcanoes; Mauna Loa, an active volcano, and Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and the site of the world's most important ground-based astronomical observatories.
Hilo is home to the University of HawaiÊ»i at Hilo, Ê»Imiloa Astronomy Center of HawaiÊ»i, as well as the Merrie Monarch Festival, a week-long celebration of ancient and modern hula which takes place annually after Easter. Hilo is also home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of macadamia nuts. It is served by Hilo International Airport, located inside the CDP.