Queen Kapiolani Park is a beautiful and serene park smack dab in the middle of Waikiki. This is a wonderful park that is now listed on the State’s Historic registers because of it’s exceptional banyan trees dating back more than one hundred years. King David Kalakaua, the Merry Monarch of Hawaii from 1874 - 1891, donated this Royal land in 1876 so that a park could be built and named after his wife Queen Kapiolani.
The land was a marshy parcel full of fishponds, lagoons and islands where King Kalakaua kept his collection of exotic birds. The park ran with royal grants until 1894. Kapiolani park’s main attraction was King Kalakaua’s exotic birds and the horseracing that went on in the park. Later peacocks, trees and palms were added to the park and in 1896 the park was permanently established and the city and county of Honolulu assumed administration of the park.
Inside the wonderfully peaceful Kapiolani Park you will find a rose garden, historic Diamond Head, the 42 acre Honolulu Zoo, The Waikiki Aquarium, Queens surf beach, The Waikiki Shell which hold lots of concerts and events, Tennis courts, the Sunday art show, craft fairs, archery range, soccer fields and a 3 mile jogging track with aerobic stations. The bandstand plays modern music and ancient Hawaiian music. You will also find that the Honolulu Marathon ends in this park. Kapiolani Park is also home to the Honolulu cricket club. This is a wondrous Park to go have a shady picnic or just go for a relaxing leisurely walk. You will still find peacocks strutting around.
Follow the Waikiki Shore Line towards Diamond Head. You can’t miss Queen Kapiolani Park just ahead of you.
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