There are so many beautiful places to visit here on the Big Island of Hawai’i. However, none of them are as unique of a walk as walking down Banyan Drive to Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens. You will find these two places in Hilo, where you can park your vehicle and walk along Banyan Drive until you reach the beautiful Japanese garden of Queen Lili’uokalani.
If you choose to drive down Banyan Drive, you can still see all of the beauty there is to offer in both locations. However, it is a great walk to take if you have the time.
While walking along Banyan Drive, you will see many different Banyan trees. Some prominent people planted all of the Banyan trees.Movie stars, adventurers, politicians, religious leaders, notable Hawaiians, and even Babe Ruth planted them. Yes, Babe Ruth is in a category all by himself.
Unfortunately, some of the originally planted trees have been lost due to tsunamis and tidal wave that once devastated the Hilo coastline. However, there are still fifty trees still lining Banyan Drive, marked with wooden plaques.
Queen Lili’uokalani Garden
The Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens are an authentic, 30-acre Japanese garden. In 1917, the garden was dedicated as a tribute to Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants who worked in the Hawai’i Island sugar cane fields.
Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens are a beautifully landscaped park that features arching red bridges over fishponds, Japanese stone lanterns, a teahouse, rock gardens, and pagodas.
Whether you make this a full day trip with your family or by yourself to relax and gather your thoughts, it is a must see.