Liliuokalani Gardens

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This is a photo tour of Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawaii located on Banyon drive next to Coconut Island. We love to walk around the beautiful and tranquil 34 acre Japanese garden. The ornamental gardens are named for Queen Liliuokalani, a Hawaiian monarch, and dedicated to the many Japanese immigrants living in Hilo. The garden was created in the early 1900's and is said to be the largest Edo style garden outside of Japan. The garden is planned around the Waihonu Pond with bridges, pagodas, and stone lanterns lining walking paths. Trees, flowering bushes, bamboo glades, and acres of green grass fill the park. A traditional Japanese tea house stands in the middle of the park.

Liliuokalani park in Hilo

Every day the park is different; some days bright and sunny, other days there is warm rain and sometimes rainbows hang in the sky. In my opinion, this park is one of the most beautiful places on earth and after I walk through it I come away feeling happy and peaceful.

This tour starts from the Liliuokalani garden's parking lot next to Hilo Bay.

Liliuokalani Park Hilo, Hawaii

Looking back you can see the ponds on one side and Hilo Bay on the other side of the path.

Liliuokalani Park walkway Hilo, Hawaii

Here is a closer view of the ponds and Bay from this part of the path.

Liliuokalani Park Hilo, Hawaii Liliuokalani Park next to Hilo Bay in Hilo, Hawaii

Many people come to fish.

Fishing at Hilo Park

The path going left ahead leads into the center of the gardens.

Liliuokalani Park Hilo, Hawaii

The internal path heads toward a rock garden with a huge banyon tree on the right.

Liliuokalani Park pathways Hilo, Hawaii

Liliuokalani Park Banyon tree in Hilo, HawaiiLiliuokalani Park grassy area Hilo, Hawaii

Bridges and ponds can be seen ahead with trees and grass everywhere.

Liliuokalani Park pathway Hilo, Hawaii

Liliuokalani Park ponds Hilo, Hawaii

Liliuokalani Park ponds and bridges Hilo, Hawaii

In the center of the park is a Japanese tea house named Shoroan.

Tea House Hilo

Most days it is closed up, but this day it is in use by women dressed in traditional Japanese clothing.

Japanese women in Hilo

The Tea house has a great view of the park including the paths, ponds and Hilo Bay beyond.

Hilo park view

The path continues towards the ponds.

Liliuokalani Park Hilo, Hawaii

Liliuokalani Park ponds Hilo, Hawaii

The ponds and bridges and scultpures are so beautiful that the park is routinely used for weddings.

wedding in hilo park

Liliuokalani Park bridges Hilo, Hawaii Liliuokalani Park sculpture Hilo, Hawaii

Trees and shrubs are everywhere along the path.

Liliuokalani Park tree Hilo, Hawaii

Liliuokalani Park bamboo Hilo, Hawaii

The path goes up to the sidewalk along Banyon drive.

Liliuokalani Park entrance Hilo, Hawaii

The park is next to Coconut Island to the right and Hilo Bay ahead.

Liliuokalani Park Bay view in Hilo, Hawaii

The sidewalk goes by the ponds and bridges and curves back to the parking lot.

Liliuokalani Park Bridge Hilo, Hawaii Liliuokalani Park Bay view Hilo, Hawaii

Bridges span across the ponds

Liliuokalani Park Ponds Hilo, Hawaii Liliuokalani Park Bridge Hilo, Hawaii

Liliuokalani Park Bridge Hilo, Hawaii Liliuokalani Park Bridge steps Hilo, Hawaii

Liliuokalani Park bridge to coconut island Hilo, Hawaii

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