Spread over several blocks the historic bay district of Hilo is full of countless galleries, cafes, kava bars, sushi restaurants and unique shops, all facing Hilo Bay. Hilo is at the forefront here with its rich heritage of indigenous people and Hilo Bay Hale located in the heart of this wonderfully Hawaiian town. With its historic architecture it is recognized as the best preserved Pacific township in the entire State of Hawai`i. To this day, downtown Hilo reflects native rich cultural heritage in terms of both architecture and business enterprises. The host culture of native Hawaiians and its core culture make for a rich heritage experience that is unforgettable. Historic Downtown is a 9-block walk-able community with a unique commercial core imbued by residential, recreational, cultural, artist, and educational activities.