Kapiolani Park

Kapiolani Park
Oahu, Hawaii

3840 Paki Ave
Honolulu HI 96815

160 Acres

Fitness Station
Tennis Courts
Picnic Tables

Limited street parking
Honolulu Zoo parking lot  on Kapahulu Ave: $1/hr

Kapiolani Park
Kapiolani Park is a great place to see tropical banyan trees.

As one of Hawaii’s oldest and largest public spaces, Kapiolani Park is treasured by locals and island visitors as a clean and well-maintained place to relax or have fun. 

Visitors can escape from the business of Waikiki and enjoy nature right next to the city. Notable landmarks surround Kapiolani Park on all sides, with the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Shell music venue on one side and the iconic Diamond Head formation on the other.  

Kapiolani Park is used as a gathering place year-round for everything from private potlucks to popular events and concerts. Over the years the park has been the location for large-scale gatherings like the Pacific Islands Arts Festival and the Oahu Heart Walk. 

With some of the island’s most beautiful banyan tree formations and expansive green grass, it’s no wonder the park has been so popular for so long.

Kapiolani Park History
In 1877, King Kalākaua designated Kapiolani Park as the first public space in Hawaii. He named it after his wife, Queen Kapiolani.

The space was used by mostly wealthy businessmen for things like horse racing and cricket until the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown in 1893. The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks & Recreation began maintaining the park in 1913. It is designated by Hawaii as a state Historic Site

Queen Kapiolani
Kapiolani is not an uncommon name for landmarks in Oahu. Along with Kapiolani Park, there is also Kapiolani Medical Center, Kapiolani Community College and more.

The name comes from one of Hawaii’s last-reigning monarchs, who was adored throughout the islands. She reigned as Queen Consort from 1874 to 1891.

Queen Kapiolani was known for being philanthropic. She deeply cared about the health and wellness of all Hawaiians. 

Her legacy lives on through all who enjoy Kapiolani Park.


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