Category Archives: Park

Liliuokalani Gardens

Liliuokalani Gardens is a lovely spot on Banyan Drive, on the way to Coconut Island. There are grassy areas with rocks and many fish ponds connected by a variety of bridges and decorated with stone lanterns. The shinto arches complete the Japanese feel of the gardens.

There are no actual “gardens” in terms of banks of flowers. It is really a park, but a very artfully designed one.

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Coconut Island

Coconut Island is a very pleasant island in Hilo Bay, about a 10-15-minute walk from our place. It’s near the Castle Hilo Hawaiian hotel, which has the same architecture as our building. The grass is trimmed short, unlike some of the other parks in the area, so it’s a good space for keiki to run without tripping. It’s surrounded by rocky beach with some sand, and the water is pretty fresh, being close to the ocean, so it’s a good spot to swim or wade. Whenever I’m there I see many men fishing, and they catch good-size (20″ or more) fish just with rod and reel.


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Onekahakaha Beach Park

A nice, quiet, keiki-friendly beach. Pretty rocky but some white, or at least yellow, sand. Quiet during the week. Bathrooms and showers. Lifeguard on duty on weekends and holidays. 4 miles east of downtown.

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