The Liliuokalani Gardens are a perfect place to go when you want some peace and quiet. This Japanese-style garden is a serene space of peace and tranquility. It’s located on the historic Banyan Drive in Hilo, Hawaii where you can easily experience an escape from society while still being near all the conveniences. It’s the largest authentic Edo-style ornamental garden outside of Japan! This park has a long history that dates back to 1907 when Queen Liliuokalani donated five acres of her own land for the public. This was later extended into seventeen more acres by November 1917 thanks to efforts from the Legislative Committee concerned with the management of public lands in Hawaii at this time.
The Liliuokalani Garden was created to commemorate Queen Lili’s last ruling reign. The garden is a tribute to the first Japanese immigrants who arrived on Hawai’i’s Big Island in 1868 and established an agricultural industry that helped shape history for years after their arrival. Liliuokalani Gardens is a lush Japanese garden that features imported lanterns, sculptures, arched bridges, and gazebos from as early as 1916.
The Hilo Japanese Women’s Friendship Association and the Hilo Board of Trade both contributed to making this beautiful park a reality. The women built gardens, planted trees, and created art while the men handled business dealings like negotiating land deals with landowners.
Liliuokalani Gardens showcases many different aspects of traditional Japanese landscaping while also celebrating Hawai’ian tradition with features such as taro patches — an important part of Hawaiian culture for centuries whose roots have deep cultural significance.
A park is a place of connection to the natural beauty that surrounds us. The expansive views from this location are breathtaking and one can learn about Hawaiian history by their proximity to Coconut Island, also known as Mokuola, or “the island of life.”
This garden is a perfect place for all those who enjoy the outdoors. Early morning joggers, tai chi enthusiasts, and yogis alike can find solace in this tranquil space that offers beautiful scenery along winding paths through an oasis of flowers. The ponds, bridges, and sculptures create the perfect backdrop for any romantic occasion. The three features of this space are not only picturesque but also a popular location as locations to have wedding ceremonies.
Liliuokalani Gardens is a place for history buffs, and so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the US Postal Service chose this beautiful oasis to inspire their newest stamp.
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