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Liliuokalani Gardens

Banyan Drive, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-522-7060
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Banyan Drive, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-522-7060
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Reviewed yesterday

Our tour guide took us here as our first stop because she knew it would be quite and she was right. These gardens are magical and so photogenic. If you don't go anywhere else you must visit these gardens.

Thank Lop65
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's a pretty little city park with a Japanese garden feel, but it's definitely not a Japanese garden. No koi pond. No arched foot bridges. No intensive plantings of flowering shrubs. No bamboo. There are meandering paved paths, large shade trees, lawns, and a little...More

Thank lionel77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the gardens as part of the North American Japanese Garden Association conference for hands on workshops for pine tree pruning and rock placement. The large garden is a hybrid of parks and Japanese garden elements with a beautiful tea house and new rock...More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take your camera and spend some time there. It changes with the tides so plan on going at different times of the day if you have time.

Thank sox10str
Reviewed 1 week ago

Queen Liliuokalani donated these gardens to the city of Hilo, thus their name. Located on Banyon Drive adjacent to Hilo Bay, this peaceful park is said to be the largest Japanese style garden outside of Japan. With tranquil ponds, meandering pathways, statues, arched bridges and...More

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peaceful place to take a walk. Bridges, statues, plants, people sitting on benches, people enjoying picnics. On the outside of the garden is a place to walk and watch people fish or sit and watch the waves roll in.

Thank Dianne R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk into the park and you are transported to another place. The beautifully landscaped, luscious surroundings lift you from the small town hustle and bustle of Hilo to the carefully planned tranquility of a Japanese garden. If you have never been here, it is definitely...More

1  Thank hamamama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The oceanfront park where we locals run and sit by the ocean and walk our dogs and greet friends is so lovely with the chill vibe that makes Hilo great. Expect a drizzle of rain, joggers and friendly smiles. The Japanese gardens are beautiful and...More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful large garden right on the bayfront and near the heart of old downtown. Must see! Plenty of parking and strolling the entire park, including Banyan Drive and coconut island, is worthwhile.

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this beautiful park while looking for the Banyan trees and I'm so glad we did. It is a Japanese style park area with a little foot bridge and pagoda in the pond. There was also a nice view of Hilo bay with lots...More

Thank RHtravels
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16 August 2017|
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Response from Von S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a nice sidewalk.
25 May 2017|
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Response from Henry H | Reviewed this property |
Not a good idea as it does not have adequate lighting in the evening and you could turn an ankle as the surface is uneven.
Ashley A
28 December 2016|
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Response from fibersong | Reviewed this property |
There is a lovely restaurant next door, Hilo Bay Cafe, which may do functions. Lovely view of the bay, delicious food, and walking distance of the gardens.