Top Choice Park in Hilo

Liliʻuokalani Park

Savor Hilo's simple pleasures with a picnic lunch in Japanese gardens overlooking the bay. Named for Hawaii's last queen (r 1891–93), the 30-acre county park has manicured lawns, shallow ponds, bamboo groves, arched…
Top Choice Park in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park & Around

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Even among Hawaii's many wonders, this national park stands out: its two active volcanoes testify to the ongoing birth of the islands. Majestic Mauna Loa (13,677ft) looms like a sleeping giant, while young Kilauea -…
Top Choice Gardens in Onomea Bay & Around

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

This is a fabulous botanic garden, beautifully situated by the ocean and superbly managed. A paved trail meanders through 2000 species of tropical plants set amid streams and waterfalls. Give yourself at least an ho…
Park in Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Beautiful, historical Kealakekua Bay is the big draw on the south coast. Local organizations and businesses are working hard to keep it that way, as more people communing with the wildlife increases pressure on this…
Park in Highway 132

Lava Tree State Monument Park

Entering this park, located beneath a tight-knit canopy of (invasive) albizia trees is an otherworldly experience. A short, easy loop trail passes through a tropical vision of Middle Earth, full of ferns, orchids an…
Gardens in Volcano

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens

Famous for its unique hybrid orchids, this touristy showroom bursts with 200,000 blooming plants, shippable all over the world. Drop in for an olfactory awakening. It's off Hwy 11 between mile markers 22 and 23.
Park in Honalo

Higashihara Park

If you have young kids, head north a mile or so from Honalo and enjoy shady Higashihara Park. Its unique Hawaii-themed wooden play structure is both attractive and endlessly climbable. It is on the makai (seaward) s…
Gardens in Captain Cook

Amy BH Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Without pottery or metals, ancient Hawaiians fashioned most of what they needed from plants. This ethnobotanical garden preserves Hawaiʻi's endemic species dating from before Western contact and Polynesian-introduce…
Gardens in Honaunau

Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary

Near the church on Painted Church Rd, these tranquil 7-acre gardens contain shrines to the world’s major religions and a frankly staggeringly impressive ‘Galaxy Garden,’ in which famous space painter Jon Lomberg has…
Park in North Kona Coast

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Though it may appear to be desolate lava rock, this national park is worth exploring. It covers 1160 acres of oceanfront and includes fishponds, ancient heiau and house sites, burial caves, petroglyphs, holua, and a…