Liliuokalani Gardens


About Liliuokalani Gardens


Off Banyan Drive in historic Hilo Town is the serene, Edo-style Japanese Gardens dedicated to Hawaiis last monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, and the Japanese workers of Hawaii. Liliuokalani Gardens is one of the largest gardens of its kind outside of Japan. Beautifully landscaped footpaths, picturesque statues, tranquil pagodas, and aesthetically pleasing bridges over koi ponds will entice any visitor. Liliuokalani Gardens is an escape of its own, you might even call it a paradise within paradise! (Photo: davin&kelcy/Flickr)


The gardens were built in the early 1900s. In 1898, Queen Liliuokalanis reign over Hawaii was disrupted when the United States overthrew the Hawaiian Monarchy.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Big Island
  • Duration: This is a drive-by location only, 5 minute stop when time permits.
  • Amenities: No amenities at this location.
  • Insider Tip: Have some extra time to spend in Hilo? Take a stroll through Liliuokalani Gardens.
  • Fun Fact: Tai-chi exercise groups often use the park for practice.
  • What to Expect: Serene Japanese style gardens and Koi ponds