Big Island Sights

Kalakaua Park

  • Kalakaua and Kinoole Sts. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Park/Playground

Published 01/10/2017

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, a central town square, is surrounded by civic buildings and a war memorial, and also has a huge spreading banyan tree and small fishponds (but no picnic or recreation facilities). According to 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 Kinoole Sts., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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