Kapiolani Park is a peaceful sanctuary with big trees, picnic tables, open fields, tennis and basketball courts, a bandstand and outdoor exercise equipment, all just steps away from the ever-busy Waikiki. With 300-acres, this vast park is a green oasis amidst the bustle of Honolulu.
Named for the beloved Queen Kapiolani, wife of King Kalakaua, Kapiolani park is a gem of a park in the shadow of Diamond Head crater. It’s the largest public park in the state, and well loved by residents and visitors alike.
While it’s currently a grassy expanse, it looked very different in the late 1800s. King Kalakaua, first dedicated the park in 1877 as a horse-racing track. It was later home to the Honolulu Cricket Club in 1893, and is the oldest sporting club in the Pacific.
Today the racetrack is long gone, but the park is still a favorite spot for visitors and locals alike. On any given weekend there will be Bar-B-Que’s, sporting events and people generally reveling in the park’s natural beauty. There are also regular festivals that happen in the park that feature local art, music and culture.
Also located in Kapiolani Park is the Waikiki Shell. This stage has seen numerous great performers and can seat 2,400 spectators.
Smaller performances, including those by the Royal Hawaiian Band, happen regularly at the bandstand in Kapiolani Park.
Kapiolani Park is located on the Kalakaua Ave. past Waikiki heading towards Diamond Head. There is metered street parking available.