Big Island Parks & Gardens
Hilo Japanese Garden
One of the gorgeous views of Hilo Bay is from the edge of the gardens. The sun glistens on the calm bay waters while palm trees gently sway in a warm breeze, and in the distance, you can see clouds banking on the slopes of Mauna Loa.
Lili'uokalani Park was named in honor of Hawaii's last queen and features a meticulously manicured Japanese landscape ringed by sprawling banyan trees.
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You can stroll across arched stone bridges and pause in pagodas that overlook the bay. To get there turn makai on Lihiwai Street from Highway 19 (Kamehameha Ave.) in Hilo. Just before Banyan Drive splits to the right there is a small parking lot on the left. There is also parking available along Banyan Drive. This is a popular location for local folks to play on weekends.