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Best Parks in Honolulu

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Kapiolani Regional Park

People both young and old love to visit this age old park that attracts hordes of visitors year after year. This lush green park is the largest of its kind in the city and finds itself hosting a variety of special games, events and shows from time to time. Thus, you will be able to witness a wide range of social, community and sports events at Kapiolani Regional Park. Take long leisurely walks as you take in the breathtaking sight of sprawling green lands cocooned by gigantic trees and enjoy the bounty of nature. It houses the Honolulu Cricket Club, the only such club in Hawaii and consequently holds a large number of cricket events as well. Heading further south along the park will lead you to the beach park by the same name.

Honolulu, HI, United States
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Diamond Head, Hawaii

Also known as Le'ahi, this crater of an extinct volcano got its name when Western explorers mistook calcite crystals they found there for diamonds. Framing the fabric of the island, the crater is riddled with a tracery of vents and volcanic remnants. The historic trail to the 761-foot (231.9 meter) summit starts inside the crater and is an easy, but steep, 0.8 mile (1.3 kilometers) hike to the top. Adorned with craggy corrugations and tufts of sun-bleached grass, Diamond Head affords astounding views of Oahu's charming landscape, including some exceptional views of its beaches and locales.

Honolulu, HI, United States
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Kailua District Park

Kailua District Park sits like a breath of fresh air in the scenic little village of Kailua. It enchants tourists and locals alike with its verdant green beauty that attracts visitors from Hawaii and beyond to sample its delights. The park invites you to enjoy a blissful day taking a stroll and enjoying the picturesque treats it has to offer one and all. The park is a popular venue for cultural and community dos. Thus, you will be treated to a wide range of music events, cultural shows, live performances as well as community markets and weekly sales at this charming little park. It's a perfect haunt to cool your heels on lazy afternoons.

Kailua, HI, United States
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Kualoa Ranch

This 4000-acre, former working ranch in Windward Oahu has been turned into a giant outdoor activities park. Facilities include horseback riding, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, freshwater fishing and a shooting range. You can tour the movie sets used in filming Jurassic Park and Godzilla, or relax on Secret Island, a secluded fantasy beach. There's even a petting zoo for the kids. Reservations are required.

Kāne‘ohe, HI, United States
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Wahiawa Botanical Garden

Nestled between two mountain ranges—the Waianae and Ko'olau—this 27-acre garden is considered the "tropical jewel" of Honolulu's botanical gardens. Its history dates back to a 1920s attempt by sugar planters to create an experimental arboretum. Tours through the garden reveal a stretch of land devoted to plants that thrive in a humid, cool tropical climate. Both guided and solo tours are available. Explore a magical, lovely, sweet-smelling rainforest, in which exotic tropical blooms flourish. Entrance to the garden is free.

Wahiawa, HI, United States
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