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Wailoa River State Recreation Area

Off Pauahi Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-587-0400
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His Majesty Is Appropriately Displayed

He's on the inland side of the highway looking out at the Hilo Bay. I wanted to see him because I... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jerry B
Branson, Missouri
Beautiful park and impressive King Kamehameha statue

Even if you just come to see the statue, it's worth it. King Kamehameha stands overlooking Hilo... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2017
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  • Average28%
  • Poor8%
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Off Pauahi Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-587-0400
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

He's on the inland side of the highway looking out at the Hilo Bay. I wanted to see him because I looked him up on Honolulu last week as I see him on Hawaii Five-0 every Friday. My surprise was the Honolulu statue is much...More

Thank Jerry B
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Even if you just come to see the statue, it's worth it. King Kamehameha stands overlooking Hilo Bay. Be careful which side of the park you come in on. It is a much longer walk over bridges to see the statue if you come from...More

Thank garbagecollector
Reviewed 3 September 2017

The Wailoa River State Park is a very large area with several unique bridges and a statue of King Kamehameha. It is not the original statue, but still very beautiful. Great place to go and sit for a picnic or just take a walk. Right...More

Thank gldnpupper27
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The large gold statue that you see as soon as you drive into the park of of King Kamehameha. You will often see colorful leis around his neck to show the love and respect of the Hawaiian people for this former monarch of theirs. The...More

Thank AlohaIslander
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We stopped her to get out and just take a stretch. A very beautiful place to just wander. Tropical plants all around you and birds everywhere a very peaceful place to just enjoy Hawaii.

Thank Allan B
Reviewed 10 September 2016

A beautiful park not living up to its potential. A result of bad management- they even foolishly defaced their own responsibility- painted the trees. Other criminal activity not controlled well.

1  Thank pagomes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

Nice place to visit and relax in Hilo. Only problem is mosquitos. Bring your mosquito repellent because they love visitor's blood better than the locals'.

1  Thank intertradegroup
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Every visit to Hilo isn't complete without a stop to the King Kamehameha statue, just to be polite & ask his blessing for landing on his island. The rest of the park is beautiful with some very unique bridges, There's always some Ducks & Nene...More

1  Thank Denis2727
Reviewed 22 July 2015

This is a very nice park, full of bridges and beautiful trees, and very scenic. It also has one of Hawaii's four King Kamehameha statues which is definitely worth seeing. However, there is little to do in this park for more than an hour.

1  Thank Dean H
Reviewed 13 June 2015

My husband and I explored this area during our honeymoon. We enjoyed the views and short walks to Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots. We saw a huge banyan tree at Rainbow Falls. We would definitely return as this attraction was free and had amazing scenery....More

Thank Ginas418
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