The park's site was donated by Queen Liliʻuokalani, and lies southeast of downtown Hilo, on the Waiakea Peninsula in Hilo Bay. Much of the park now consists of Edo-style Japanese gardens, built 1917-1919, and said to be the largest such gardens outside Japan. The gardens contain Waihonu Pond as well as bridges, ponds, pagodas, statues, torii, and a Japanese teahouse.
Included in the park is the small island called Moku ola, (also known as Coconut Island), connected to the park by a footbridge. It is a good place for a picnic, and some limited swimming. The name Moku ola literally means "island of life" in the Hawaiian language, since it was the site of an ancient temple dedicated to healing. There is a stone tower on the east side of the island which is the remnant of the old footbridge which was destroyed by a tsunami. From Coconut Island one has a great view of Hilo Bayfront, Downtown Hilo, and the rest of Hilo Bay. To the east, you can see the massive breakwater protecting Hilo Bay. It is located at coordinates . It is maintained by the County of Hawaii and non-profit Friends of Liliuokalani Gardens.
The park is a popular location for public events, exercise, and dog-walking.
Pagoda and Torii in Liliu'okalani Gardens
Banyan Tree and Bamboo at the Gardens
View looking across Hilo Bay towards the Hamakua Coast
Panoramic view of some of the rock/water paths in Liliu'okalani Park in Hil
Sunset over Hilo from Liliu'okalani Park in Hilo
Panorama of Liliʻoukalani Park and Gardens in Hilo, Hawaii
Hilo Bay and Hilo town from Liliu'okalani Gardens
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