Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, is the namesake for this Japanese-style park in Hilo, on Hilo Bay on Hawaii Island. Liliuokalani Gardens is a 30-acre park that is nearly 100 years old, and is still a tranquil spot to explore.
Located on Banyan Drive, just outside of downtown Hilo, Liliuokalani Gardens is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic while looking out at Hilo Bay. There are picnic tables available or simply roll out a blanket and pack a basket if the weather permits.
After eating, wander through pagodas, across red bridges that cross fishponds, into a Japanese rock garden, then to the teahouse. It’s easy for visitors to forget they’re in Hawaii, and not Japan.
Nearby is Moku Ola, or “Coconut Island.” Cross a short pedestrian bridge to check out this tiny island in the bay. Moku Ola also has picnic benches and restrooms.
The park and gardens are all family and dog friendly. An afternoon at Liliuokalani Gardens is a peaceful way to enjoy your stay in Hilo.