Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo, Hawaii
Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawaii| Map |
In the non-touristy town of Hilo, families can mingle with locals and their kids at the beautiful Liliuokalani Gardens, named after Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Located on Banyan Drive (worth a visit in itself), this authentic, 30-acre Japanese garden was dedicated in 1917 as a tribute to Hawaii's first Japanese immigrants who worked in the Hawaii Island sugar cane fields. Park features include red bridges over fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
From Liliuokalani Gardens, it’s a short walk over a footbridge to the small island, Coconut Island. Bring a picnic and a swimsuit. Young kids can wade in shallow water while older kids may be tempted to join the locals in jumping off a stone tower into deeper water.
Address: Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawaii| Map
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 4 pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day More Info
Price: Free More Info