Parks & Gardens
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Here's a look at the parks you'll find on the the island of Hawaii:
HamakuaKalopa State Recreation Area: Hike in the Kalopa State Recreation Area or horseback ride on a two-mile trail.
Mauna Kea Recreation Area: A 32-acre park with restroom facilities and playground area, located about half way between East and West Hawaii on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (also known as Saddle Road).
HiloWailuku River State Park: Home to Boiling Pots, a succession of bubbling pools fed by Peepee Falls, and the 80-foot Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls).
Wailoa River State Recreation Area: Surrounds the Waiakea Pond and stretches along the banks of the Wailoa River in Downtown Hilo. Home to the newest King Kamehameha Statue (the original is located in Kapaau in North Kohala).
Liliuokalani Gardens: Authentic Japanese garden park features an arching footbridge, teahouse, manicured pathways and reflecting lagoons.
Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park: Midway along the Hamakua Coast, this is a great place to picnic, and relax and explore tide pools.
Akaka Falls State Park: A beautiful self-guided 0.4-mile loop trail to scenic points overlooking Kahuna Falls and the 442-foot Akaka Falls.
Ahalanui Park: Swimming in this volcano-warmed natural pond next to the ocean will definitely be one of your more unusual aquatic adventures in Hawaii—or anywhere. Heed all posted safety signs.
Lava Street State Monument: This 0.7-mile loop trail meanders through a forest of lava trees, created when a lava flow swept through an ohia forest in the 18th century.
KauHawaii Volcanoes National Park: Established in 1916, this is the home of Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Halemaumau Crater (home of Pele) and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Manuka State Wayside: Part of the larger Manuka Natural Area Reserve, this is an excellent example of mid- to lowland native mesic forest.
KonaKealakekua Bay State Historical Park: A small monument commemorates the spot where Captain James Cook, supposedly the first Westerner to discover the Hawaiian Islands, first set foot on the Island of Hawaii. Great area for kayaking and snorkeling.
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: A 1160-acre park established in 1978 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional Native Hawaiian activities and culture.
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park: This sacred place of refuge preserves Royal Grounds, heiau (temples) and other historic artifacts along the Kona Coast.
Kekaha Kai Beach Park (Kona Coast State Park): Located just a few miles north of the airport, features the white sands of Kekaha Kai Beach and the small crescent cove of Mahaiula Beach.
Laaloa Beach Park (White Sands Beach Park): Also known as Disappearing Sands or Magic Sands, this white-sand beach is located on Alii Drive just south of Kailua-Kona. This small beach may disappear overnight due to tidal shifts or strong surf, but always returns.
Lapakahi State Historical Park: Take a self-guided tour and learn about early Hawaiian life by viewing partially restored remains of this ancient coastal settlement.
Puukohola National Historic Site: Home to the largest heiau in Hawaii built by King Kamehameha in his quest to unite the islands.
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area: A large, white sand beach located on the Kohala Coast.
Hike across lava fields, peer into a boiling caldera and learn about the formidable power of volcanoes at this geological wonder.More
Featured Parks & Gardens
A pleasant uphill hike takes you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns en route to the 442-foot Akaka Falls.More
Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture at this seaside historical park in south Kona that was once the home of royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers.More
Take in views of Hilo Bay at this beautifully landscaped park that features arching bridges over fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse.More
Explore a forest full of otherworldly lava formations, created when a lava flow swept through a forest of ohia trees in the late 1700s, leaving tall molds of the trunks frozen in time.More