Protruding into Hilo Bay, just southeast of downtown, the Waiakea Peninsula is home to the Lili'uokalani Park and Gardens. The park and gardens cover about 30 acres of land. It is located along Banyan Drive and within easy walking distance of Hilo's major hotels.
The land was bequeathed by Hawaii's last monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani for public use. A major part of the park consists of the largest Yedo-style gardens outside of Japan and built in the early 1900's as a memorial to immigrant Japanese who worked on the old Waiakea sugar plantation. You'll find bridges, fishponds, a lovely gazebo and beautiful statues.