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“Tranquility in Hilo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Liliuokalani Gardens

Liliuokalani Gardens
Banyan Drive, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #6 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Tranquility in Hilo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The gardens are beautiful and tranquil--you can walk from the edge of them to what is now called Coconut Island, which is the traditional Hawaiian city of refuge--people swam to the island in hope of safety and pardon according to locals.

Visited May 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Very pretty and peaceful place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The Japanese Gardens are a great spot to just spend some quiet time. It is in the bay area next to Coconut Island. Lot's of neat architecture here and a fun place to spend time. Go and check it out. Next to Banyon Drive which is a must see road.

Visited March 2014
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Hilo, Hawaii
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“Japanese tranquility in Hilo Town.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The property was donated by Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani in the early 1900's. Park construction started in 1907 to honor the thousands of Japanese immigrants who came to work in the island's sugar plantations. In 1917, the year of Queen Liliuokalani's death, the park was named in her honor. A visit to this park brings tranquility to one's soul. Through out the park you will find Japanese stone lanterns, pagodas, trees, etc., that were donated by various local organizations as well as communities/organizations from Japan. You will also find a traditional Urasenke Tea House in the park where tea ceremonies are held on weekends. Near the teahouse there is a shelter housing 3 Haari Boats (Dragon Boats) that were donated to the city of Hilo by it's sister city, Nago City, Okinawa. Haari Boat races are held biennially at the nearby Wailoa State Park in the month of August. This park is perfect for a quiet lunch or evening picnic. FYI, there are no food vendors located at the park so you will need to bring your own food and beverages. There is a clean public restroom in the park.

Visited May 2014
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Hilo, Hawaii
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“Walk or Run”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

One lap around this scenic park is just over a half mile. You will be treated to ocean side walking as well as views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. You can also cruise through the interior of the park which features tidal ponds, picnic areas and open grassy space.

Visited May 2014
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Truckee, California
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“Free walk around gardens in Hilo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Free is always a good price. It is more of a park with fountains, flowers, water features some Japanese garden features just a ½ mile south of downtown.

Visited May 2014
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