OK - I know a lot of people are put off by all the homeless people in Kapiolani park, but they are what gives the park a community spirit. The park, aside from being well-manicured and very beautiful, is a gathering place for AA, for yoga groups, for tai chi practitioners, and all manner of those gathering for a positive purpose. I love Kapiolani park just for that reason. Of my 5 trips to Oahu, I've always met interesting people from all over the world in Kapiolani Park who are just passing through or taking a respite from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. It's a great place to take a breather, people watch, stroll, read a book, check the ipad... A lovely mini-escape.