Description - Wailoa River State Recreation Area encompasses 130 acres in downtown Hilo between the city and the Pacific Ocean. The park surrounds the Wailoa River.
- The park contains memorials for tsunami victims and Vietnam War veterans, as well as a cultural center. Facilities include a boat ramp, picnic tables, restrooms and an information center. Large landscaped fields in the park provide room for relaxation and viewing scenery. Visitor information services and cultural displays are available at the Wailoa Center.
Recreation - This park provides access to walking, quiet relaxation, fishing, picnicking, boating, photography and viewing exhibits.
Climate - The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.
Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.
Wailoa River State Recreation Area lies in downtown Hilo on Hawaii's windward coast. Parking is available at the end of Pi'lani Street.