Liliuokalani Gardens Tours

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Stone bridges stretch across shallow brackish moats that flow through well manicured gardens with red pagodas and rock gardens by the sea. The 30-acre Liluokalani Gardens, connected by a series of trails to Coconut Island in coastal Hilo, is a serene setting as popular with local walkers and joggers as it is with visitors staying the nearby hotels along Banyan Drive. Named for Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii prior to U.S annexation, and designed in the Japanese Edo style in 1917 to honor the many area Japanese sugar plantation workers, the gardens are a perfect blend of Hawaii and Japan. Look beyond the palm trees and across the bay and you’ll see the slopes of Mauna Kea along the Hamakua Coast, but look around you and you’ll see a traditional Japanese tea house—still used by the Urasenke Hilo Association to share the tradition of Japanese tea ceremonies—koi ponds and Eastern statues. One popular stone bridge and pagoda appears to rise out of the water—the determined will have to walk through shallow water to reach it, except during some low tides.

Practical Info

You can access the park by turning off Hilo’s main drag, Kamehameha Ave., and toward the ocean at Lihiwai Street just before the airport. There is limited parking along Lihiwai Street fronting the park, and a larger lot just after the turnoff for Kelipio Place before the bridge to Coconut Island. There are no posted hours, but the best time to go is early morning, when you can catch the sunrise over the ocean.
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Address: 123 N Kuakini St, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 96817, USA
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Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its ever-flowing lava and the planet’s most massive active volcano. This tour journeys to top natural landmarks in and around the park. You’ll visit Rainbow Falls, Richardson black sand beach, Historic Banyan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo Bay Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, and the active volcano of Kilauea. You will also have the opportunity to walk through a lava tube.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Embark on an epic adventure with this Volcanoes National Park tour from Hilo. You'll journey into the largest and most active volcano on earth with your friendly, professional guide, and pay a visit to the Richardson Blacksand Beach. You'll learn about the incredible landscapes that roll out before you and gain insight into the geological and ecological implications of Mother Nature on this stunning park. See the Akatsuke Orchid Nursery, Rainbow Falls, the Maunaloa Macadamia Nut Factory and so much more on this memorable tour that hits so many of Hawaii's hot spots.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure

Discover the best of the Big Island on a full-day tour with a private guide, and explore Hawaii’s volcanos, rainforests and coastal scenery. Walk to a trio of waterfalls fringed with bamboo and wild orchids, then enjoy sweeping views of Waipio Valley's cliffs. Pause for a cup of coffee on a historic farm, spot green sea turtles on a black sand beach, then rise into the island’s rugged mountains. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s lava tubes and feel Kilauea’s heat as you step to the edge of a steaming vent.  
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour From Kona

Embark on an epic adventure with this Volcanoes National Park tour from Kona. You'll journey into the largest and most active volcano on earth with your friendly, professional guide, and pay a visit to the Richardson Blacksand Beach. You'll learn about the incredible landscapes that roll out before you and gain insight into the geological and ecological implications of Mother Nature on this stunning park. See the Akatsuke Orchid Nursery, Rainbow Falls, the Maunaloa Macadamia Nut Factory and so much more on this memorable tour that hits so many of Hawaii's hot spots.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Kilauea Volcano and Waterfall Adventure

Join a Hawaiian adventure to explore volcanoes, waterfalls and beautiful scenery on this flexible-length road trip from Hilo. Spend the day immersing yourself in some the Big Island’s legendary scenery, stopping at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for a hike beneath Kilauea and at the postcard-worthy Rainbow Falls. Throughout the day you’ll also have time to admire orchids at a lush garden and stuff yourself with sweet and savory Macadamia nut treats at a local orchard. Round-trip hotel transport from select hotel properties is also included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is unlike anywhere else on the planet, where one of the world’s most active volcanoes sends lava dripping towards the sea, and a towering mountain lies dormant and ready to pop. On this private tour of the National Park, hear the legends of Madame Pele, the mythical Hawaiian fire goddess, and tour from Hilo to the eastern coastline and the rim of Kilauea volcano. Because it’s a completely private tour, your guide can customize the pace and number of sights. When you book, note your lunch requirements in the checkout field.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Circle Big Island Mercedes 11 PSGR Tour

Complete a circuit of the Big Island during this 11-hour circle tour. Riding in style on board a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van with your party up to 11 other family members or friends, stop at the island's highlights and landmarks, including Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and South Point, the southernmost point in the U.S. While you travel, watch DVDs containing information about Hawaiian culture, traditions and history on board your vehicle. Pickup and drop-off at Kona hotels is included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Landscapes of Frozen Fire Adventure

See the effects that the active Kilauea Volcano has had on the island of Hawaii during this 6-hour small-group tour from Hilo. Have a look around Hilo with our local guides, including stops at Liliuokalani gardens, Rainbow Falls and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm, where you can purchase lunch. Continue to the site of the 2014 Pahoa lava flow and the Kalapana village, which was almost completely covered by lava from the Pu'u O'o vent in 1990. Bring your swimsuit and towel for a dip in the Ahalanui Hot ponds, heated by the Kapoho eruptions in the 1950s. Round-trip transportation from Hilo hotels is provided.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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