Big Island Sights

Kalakaua Park

  • Kalakaua and Kino‘ole Sts. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Park/Playground

Published 08/07/2014

Fodor's Review

King Kalakaua, who revived the hula, was the inspiration for Hilo's Merrie Monarch Festival. A bronze statue, erected in 1988, depicts the king with a taro leaf in his left hand to signify the Hawaiian peoples' bond with the land. The park also has a huge spreading banyan tree and small fishponds, but no picnic or recreation facilities. In a local tradition, families of military personnel often leave leftover floral displays and funeral wreaths along the fishpond walkway as a way of honoring and celebrating their loved ones.

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Kalakaua and Kino‘ole Sts., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

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  • Daily dawn–dusk

Published 08/07/2014


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