This Japanese-influenced landscape near the sea features tranquil settings, views of the bay and pathways winding over half moon bridges. Queen Liliuokalani’s gardens are 3/4 mile from Hilo airport Hostel and Hotel and make for a nice morning walk. Covering 18 acres on Hilo’s scenic Banyan Drive waterfront, the gardens are testament to the Queen’s love of Hawaii and the finest park in the Islands. You may see a mongoose scamper across the lawn or tiny black crabs scurry and hide between rocks in the waterways as you pass. Take the footpath that goes to Coconut Island for more beach views and a restroom.