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.
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.
Looking back you can see the ponds on one side and Hilo Bay on the other side of the path.
Here is a closer view of the ponds and Bay from this part of the path.
Many people come to fish.
The path going left ahead leads into the center of the gardens.
The internal path heads toward a rock garden with a huge banyon tree on the right.
Bridges and ponds can be seen ahead with trees and grass everywhere.
In the center of the park is a Japanese tea house named Shoroan.
Most days it is closed up, but this day it is in use by women dressed in traditional Japanese clothing.
The Tea house has a great view of the park including the paths, ponds and Hilo Bay beyond.
The path continues towards the ponds.
The ponds and bridges and scultpures are so beautiful that the park is routinely used for weddings.
Trees and shrubs are everywhere along the path.
The path goes up to the sidewalk along Banyon drive.
The park is next to Coconut Island to the right and Hilo Bay ahead.
The sidewalk goes by the ponds and bridges and curves back to the parking lot.
Bridges span across the ponds
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