Things to do in
Named for Queen Lili'uokalani, the gardens near-25 acre plot is billeted as one of the "largest authentic ornamental Japanese gardens outside of Japan." The gardens enjoyed their 100th anniversary in 2017, commemorating the migrant labour of Japanese immigrants in reaping sugar cane.
Not far from Hilo, visitors can enjoy complimentary entry to the garden and great proximity to Hilo's town centre and cruise port.
From Hilo, just walk! The gardens encompass the bulk of the small peninsular area jutting out into Hilo Bay, next to the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a DoubleTree by Hilton property.
This may be one of the easiest attractions to access from a cruise itinerary calling to port in Hilo, walk or drive west along the bay's shoreline area onto the small peninsula where the gardens are located.
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