Though it is one of the smallest gardens in Honolulu, Moanalua Gardens far exceeds visitor expectations with its lush green lawn accented by cool streams, shade-giving trees, and native wildlife. The 26-acre park was once the home to Prince Lot Kamehameha, who later became King Kamehameha V. Today the natural splendor of the grounds remains, reflecting surroundings fit for a king.
The native culture and environment of Hawai'i is an important feature of Moanalua Gardens. The privately owned public park features a taro patch, Koi fish pond, and a path that wanders around the park with bridges to pass over a serene stream. The most notable sight in Moanalua Gardens, however, is certainly the massive 'Hitatchi' monkey pod tree. Rooted in the center of the park, this umbrella-like canopy provides natural shade over much of the lawn, making for peaceful lounging. So extraordinary is this monkey pod tree, the City and County of Honolulu registered it as an "exceptional tree" and it cannot be removed or destroyed without approval.
While Moanalua Gardens is an ideal location for quiet relaxation, it is also the site of the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, the largest non-competitive hula festival in Hawai'i. Every year on the third weekend in July, halau (dance groups) from all islands meet there to share their love of the native Hawaiian dance form.
- Sunrise to Sunset daily
- Location: 1352 Pineapple Pl., Honolulu, HI
- Phone: 808-833-1944
- Website: www.mgf-hawaii.com