Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens is a 30-acre park with Japanese gardens, located between Banyan Drive and Lihiwai St in Hilo, Hawai’i on the Big Island. The park lies on the southeast of downtown Hilo, on the Waiakea Peninsula in Hilo Bay.
The park’s name derives from the last of Hawaii’s reigning monarchs, Queen Lili’uokalani, as she donated the land upon which the gardens were created. Much of the park now consists of Edo-style Japanese gardens, built in the early 1900s, and said to be the largest such Japanese style gardens outside of Japan. The authentic and picturesque garden & park was dedicated in 1917 as a tribute to Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants who worked in the Hawaii Island sugar cane fields.
The gardens contain Waihonu Pond as well as walking paths, bridges, koi ponds, pagodas, oriental statues, rock gardens, torii (traditional Japanese gate), a Japanese cerimonial teahouse and a sumo ring.
Complimenting the park’s beauty are gorgeous views of Hilo bay, Hilo town, Mauna Kea, and Moku ola (also known as Coconut Island).
Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens is visited by both site-seeing tourist and Big Island Locals alike. It makes for beautiful wedding backdrops, family reunions, picnics, leisurely strolls, simply hanging out and cruising.
Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens is an open city park with no admission.