Hilo is home to two volcanoes, including Mauna Loa which is active. It is also the site of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and is known for the Merrie Monarch Festival and is one of the largest producers of macadamia nuts in the world.
Hilo Population Growth
The city’s population throughout the 20th century grew until 1960 when the census that year showed that a population drop had occurred. However, by the next poll, that number had bounced back, and substantial growth was recorded at the next 10-year census in 1980. The city is continuing to see slow but steady growth, a trend that is expected to continue through the future.