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Liliuokalani Gardens
Liliuokalani Gardens

Liliuokalani Gardens

49 Banyan Dr, Hilo, Hawaii, USA, 96720

The Basics

Stroll with locals on the extensive trails in the garden’s 30-acre (12-hectare) park, or join a traditional ceremony at the tea house. Many guided tours of Hilo include a visit to the gardens, alongside stops at Big Island highlights such as Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls. If you are visiting on a cruise ship shore excursion or visiting on a tour from another island, look for a guided day trip that includes Liliuokalani Gardens.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Lava Flowing
Carla_S, Mar 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
Actually seeing the lava flowing from the dormant volcano. Wow, wow, wow. The operator (Josh & Wife) of this tour was very professional and enlightening. They have nice, clean, and comfortable vehicles. I would definitely use them again when I return in November.
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Best tour ever
Patricia_C, Aug 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
Visiting the active volcano site and Of course the narrative by the tour guide throughout the entire tour. She was very informative.
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Josh is a fun and caring...
Hui_S, Aug 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
Josh is a fun and caring tour guide. We enjoyed the trip. We got to see the lava and we’re very excited
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Great Tour 🙂
Keri_A, Jul 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
We had a really good experience on this tour. Josh was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made us feel welcomed and was very accommodating to everyone in the group. I definitely recommend this tour!
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Excellent
JORGE_M, Jul 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
This tour is amazing, excelent information by our guide. Great experience in the active volcano, beautiful waterfall and delicious chocolates to finish de day.
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Fantastic day with Josh!...
Leni_M, Jul 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
Fantastic day with Josh! So knowledgeable and had a ton of very interesting facts! Weather was a little rainy, but the sun came out at times which was great. Loved everything about the day and will definitely go back to the park to explore more when we are back on the island.
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Fantastic Tour
Nancy_D, Jul 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
This was an amazing tour packed full but not so much that we were exhausted. Jill was excellent as our guide and very knowledgeable and passionate about the island. She was very patient with our questions and gave good information about not only what we were seeing but also local legends, customs and culture. I would highly recommend taking this tour. Note: pack a lunch as food to buy options were limited.
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Wow!
Andi_R, Jul 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
What an awesome adventure! Jill is an excellent storyteller as well as tour guide, and this tour takes you to some fantastic locations. Pick a time early in the day to beat the crowds (and the heat) and be prepared to walk about a mile each way on flat road. This tour is a Hilo must do!
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Fabulous experience
Shannon_H, Jun 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
Our tour guide was knowledgable and wonderful! Jill shared stories of the local culture and legends, and was very patient with any questions anyone had! The whole experience was amazing.
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Wonderful experience
Janet_A, Jun 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
The tour was great. We were taken to very beautiful places. The tour guide went above and beyond. He was a terrific guide, told us stories and folklore. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Jill is amazing with great stories
Kristin_D, Jun 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
Amazing experience and Jill is very knowledgeable of the area. Learned a lot more than if I had seen the sites without the tour
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Amazing!!
Tina_K, Jun 2022
Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
Josh was so great. He was full of amazing information and was able to answer everyone’s questions with fun and informative stories. Highly recommend!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A must-see for Japanese culture enthusiasts.

  • The gardens are free and open 24 hours a day.

  • The garden’s extensive trails are popular among local joggers.

  • A footbridge connects the gardens to Moku Ola Island (Coconut Island).

  • Paved walkways make much of the gardens wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Liliuokalani Gardens are located less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Hilo International Airport and near Hilo’s main street, Kamehameha Avenue. If you are staying in Hilo you can reach the garden on foot, by bicycle, or by car. The gardens also can be visited on tours from cruise ships or other islands.

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When to Get There

Average temperatures in Hawaii’s temperate climate typically remain stable year-round, rising to highs of about 85°F (29°C), making it a great spot to visit in any season. Wake up early and visit the gardens in the predawn quiet to watch the sunrise over the ocean. The gardens—open 24 hours—stay busy throughout the day.

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Shoroan Tea House in Liliuokalani Gardens

The Shoroan Tea House holds traditional Japanese tea ceremonies free of charge. Take part in this Zen Buddhism ritual (known as Chado) in which bowls of tea are prepared in a traditional way and served to guests. There are also Japanese and English classes offered at the tea house. You can view the class schedule online.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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