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Lilioukalani Gardens, Hilo

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Lilioukalani Gardens, Hilo, The Big Island Hawaii

Description

Lilioukalani Gardens are in a pretty area of Hilo, on Banyan Drive which runs along silvery Hilo Bay. To get here you drive past huge, old Banyan trees in front of the Grand Naniloa Hotel. Fishermen and other happy residents sit on the rock wall overlooking Hilo Bay enjoying the impressive views of Mauna Kea and listening to the water crash on the rocks. There is even a tiny beach.
It's very lush in Hilo due to all the rain, which makes it the perfect location for a green, green Japanese garden. Across from the waterfront rock wall is the garden with ponds, pagodas, sweet Japanese bridges, stepping stones and huge old trees. It's wonderful to walk around and take it all in. Many Hilo residents enjoy this area and jog along the pretty walkways.
The gardens were designed as a tribute to the Japanese workers who came to work on the sugar plantations in the 19th century. This land, 24 acres, was donated by Queen Lilioukalani, the Hawaiian queen.
After, extend your walk by crossing the white pedestrian bridge to Coconut Island.
While in Hilo, eat at Hilo Bay Cafe (there are one or two more affordable dishes on the menu) or Hula Hula's (downstairs by the pool at the Grand Naniloa), for memorable views of shimmering Hilo Bay while you eat.

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Rocks and bay, across from Lilioukalani Gardens, on Lihiwai Street.
Rocks and bay, across from Lilioukalani Gardens, on Lihiwai Street.
Looking at Mauna Kea and the observatories from Lihiwai Street.
Looking at Mauna Kea and the observatories from Lihiwai Street.
The Japanese ponds.
The Japanese ponds.
Winding walkway.
Winding walkway.
Bench and greenest grass.
Bench and greenest grass.
Tree roots.
Tree roots.
Bridge and reflection.
Bridge and reflection.
Winding path and gazebo.
Winding path and gazebo.
Bridge.
Bridge.
Walking atop the bridge.
Walking atop the bridge.
Norfolk pine and ponds in the distance.
Norfolk pine and ponds in the distance.
Looking toward Coconut Island.
Looking toward Coconut Island.
A couple walks along Lihiwai Street, with Mauna Kea in the distance.
A couple walks along Lihiwai Street, with Mauna Kea in the distance.
The pedestrian bridge that leads to Coconut Island.
The pedestrian bridge that leads to Coconut Island.
Pretty trees at the start of the bridge that leads to Coconut Island.
Pretty trees at the start of the bridge that leads to Coconut Island.
Young people sitting on a rock wall at the bay.
Young people sitting on a rock wall at the bay.
Banyan tree in the distance.
Banyan tree in the distance.
Japanese arch and amazing monkeypod trees.
Japanese arch and amazing monkeypod trees.
Banyan tree and tarzan ropes.
Banyan tree and tarzan ropes.
Healthy Norfolk pines on a loop walk on Banyan Dr from Lilioukalani Gardens.
Healthy Norfolk pines on a loop walk on Banyan Dr from Lilioukalani Gardens.
Walking along Banyan Drive near Alii Ice.
Walking along Banyan Drive near Alii Ice.
Greenest green!
Greenest green!
Japanese arch framing Mauna Kea.
Japanese arch framing Mauna Kea.
Ponds, greenest grass, and monkey pod tree.
Ponds, greenest grass, and monkey pod tree.
Little beach on Lihiwai Street.
Little beach on Lihiwai Street.
Looking toward Coconut Island.
Looking toward Coconut Island.
Rock jetty on the bay.
Rock jetty on the bay.
View from Hilo Bay Cafe.
View from Hilo Bay Cafe.
Balcony over the bay, at Hilo Bay Cafe.
Balcony over the bay, at Hilo Bay Cafe.
 

Directions

Take Hwy 11 north until it turns into Banyan Drive. Follow Banyan Drive past the hotels and then turn right on Lihiwai St. The gardens will be on your left and the bay on your right. There is parking along the road.
The address is 189 Lihiwai St, Hilo HI 96720.
There are restrooms.

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07/07/2010 13:30
I remember running around on that grass getting my knees wet. that was four years ago, when i was six.

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