Kapiolani Regional Park is not only the largest but the oldest public park in Oahu. Kapiolani Park in Hawaii is located in Honolulu Hawaii on the east end of the city of Waikiki. The 300-acre Kapiolani park in Oahu, which named after Queen Kapiolani is home to the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Shell.
The Kapiolani Park in Honolulu was created in 1876 when the Kapiolani Park Association leased the land from King Kalākaua for just $1 per year. After the overthrow of the monarchy, this land known as Kapiolani Park in Hawaii was conveyed and managed by the Honolulu Park Commission. The legislation provided that the Kapiolani Park be set aside permanently as a free public park for all and a place of recreation. Since 1913, the Kapiolani park in Hawaii has been maintained by the Department of Parks & Recreation of Oahu Hawaii.
Besides the Waikiki Zoo and the Waikiki Shell, the park includes soccer fields and tennis courts. It is also a popular course for active joggers who travel its 2 mile circumference. Kapiolani park in Oahu also serves as the site of the start of the major road races in Honolulu, Hawaii. This includes the world-famous Honolulu Marthaon finish line of which is located on Kalākaua Avenue on the west end of Kapiolani Park in Hawaii. Kapiolani park is also home to the oldest Cricket Club on the Hawaiian Islands. This is confirmed by the Guiness Book of World Records.
If you follow Kapliolani Park to the South it becomes Kapiolani Beach Park, which is adjacent to Kuhio Beach and Waikiki Beach. The Kapiolani Park in Honolulu is a natural border between Waikiki, where many of the hotels and Hawaii Car Rentals pickup locations, are and Diamond Head neighborhood which is home to some stars such as Paul Walker from the popular “Into the Blue” where he is a surfer. He looked as if he could teach Hawaii Surfing lessons with his skills!
Kapiolani Park is a beautiful 500-acre park is listed on the State's Historic Register as many of its exceptional trees date back over 100 years. Kapiolani Park in Honolulu is located at the east end of the city of Waikiki bordered by Kalakaua Avenue, Monsarrat Avenue, and Paki Avenue.
Facts & Trivia
- Largest public park in Waikiki, encompassing 300 acres
- Named after Queen Kapiolani
- Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Shell are located here