Here you’ll find some of the most affordable living opportunities on the Big Island. However, but not every retiree is up for that off-the-grid lifestyle that some BI residents embrace. Instead, Hilo offers a good compromise: a lower cost of living than many other places in Hawaii, plus the conveniences of a significant population center. In and around Hilo town, you’ll find plenty of grocery stores, shops, boutiques, and farmer’s markets that make it easy to stock up.
Plus, the Hilo area also offers cultural opportunities to keep you busy, like museums, art galleries, and events through the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In short, you’ll find plenty to do in Hilo, and you’ll be in good company, with more than 20% of Hilo residents aged 65+.