Hilo is about 45ish minutes away from Volcano and is where Volcano residents go for groceries, gas, the airport, retail stores like Target, Longs Drugs etc. They even have a mall. We frequented The Palace movie theatre for indie films. It’s a pretty basic town that isn’t all that special but Hilo’s bay is lovely. Tucked away from the town center is Coconut Island at the coast. This ‘island’ is connected to Hilo’s coastline via a small walking bridge. You wouldn’t even know you’re on an island 😉 And there’s a lovely little park not far from there.