Revitalize Kalākaua Park ['60 Likes' on June 8, 2012!]
This is a Vision rendering by local artist Charles Snyder created for the EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025: 5-Year Action Plan Update. Kalakaua Park was created in 1933 and named after King David Kalakaua, the Merrie Monarch, Hawaii’s seventh Monarch, who ruled from 1874 to 1891. He was an important advocate of preserving the practice of Hawaiian culture and dance.
This park is under jurisdiction of the County Department of Parks and Recreation. Kalakaua Park’s strong cultural and historic value requires special attention and respect for sustaining this special park as a gathering space.
Since the 1880’s, this park was at the center of the emerging city of Hilo. It was the site of the town’s first courthouse and the scene of annual celebrations. Today it is the site of community gatherings, cultural activities, outdoor theatre and other events. This town square is proudly surrounded by the historic Federal Building, East Hawai‘i Cultural Center, and the Hawaiian Tel building. The sun dial located in the park was donated by King Kalakaua and for decades it was used to set the watches of residents and seamen. The pond and the monuments on the makai side honor Hilo’s soldiers who died in battle.
What improvements would you like to see at Kalakaua Park? What are some ‘easy win’ first steps that our community can help to implement that are visible, low cost, and can be completed within a short time frame?
EDH 2025 Primary Focus Area: Preserving Our Environment
Secondary Focus Area(s): Strengthening and Sustaining Our Community