Friday, July 30, 2010

Photohunt Challenge = Public

Our Saturday photohunt challenge was to interpret the word public and here in Hawaii everything is open to the public. One of my regular haunts is this beautiful japanese garden in Hilo called Queen Liliuokalani Gardens right off banyan drive, this is a scenic area with beautiful views of Hilo bay,the town and the Hamakua coastline.

This authentic japanese garden was built in the early 1900's as a tribute to Queen Liliuokalani who was the last reigning monarch in Hawaii before its annexation to the United States. The gardens are also a memorial to the many japanese immigrants that migrated to the Big Island to work at the many sugar plantations during the turn of the century during the annexation period.  Many nationalities of immigrants including the japanese went to Hawaii to work at these plantations and build a new future for themselves and create this new melting pot called Hawaii.

This thirty acre garden is filled with amazing Hawaiian and oriental plantings, intimate and grand walkways, pagodas, beautiful ponds, bridges and vistas to Hilo, the bay and large green areas for picnicking.

One of the favorite areas is this shaded dell with thousands of impatiens blooming underneath these huge monkeypod just illuminates this shady corner of the park and creates a magical area don't you think?

I just love public gardens like this. Isn't this a great park to just explore and wander, or find a nice shady tree to relax and take a nice long nap with the wind blowing behind your back.

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  1. I agree that it is a great park. My husband and I enjoyed strolling through the park during our recent visit to the Big Island.

  2. Beautiful photos, great take for this weeks theme. Sure brought back lots of memories of being there on several of my trips to the big Island!.

  3. i enjoy your choices for the theme. i wish public parks here are as beautiful!

  4. This looks a very serene garden.

  5. what a beautiful and serene public place. I would love to be there right now. A great take on this week's theme.

  6. It is so beautiful and so serene. What's more, it is very clean and well-maintained, something that's quite lacking in some public spaces in my side of Asia. I certainly won't mind lazing in the grass or under the shade of the big tree, reading a book all day.

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

    Sreisaat Adventures

  7. This is a great choice for the theme, and such a beautiful garden.

  8. Do you take all your own photos? They are all so lovely. I love the monkeypod tree.

  9. This is a wonderful post. I really enjoyed it.
    Thank you.

  10. Wow! terrific views of the garden.


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