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By Jontue Martin
 

When leaving Waikiki Beach, you can’t help but notice lush greenery. This is Kapi‘olani Park. It is a place of recreation, relaxation, and beauty where many events that are important to the community are held.

Before becoming a park, the marshland was once known as Make‘e Ailana. It was a romantic place where lovers went to rendezvous, and others went to relax and enjoy the beauty.

It was also a favorite of the last reigning queen, Queen Liliuokalani; it was where she liked to write her poems and songs. Many songs were written about the beauty of Make‘e Ailana, and these songs are still listened to today.

King Kalakaua decided to make Make‘e Ailana into a park after a visit to the mainland and seeing parks. With his obsession with European lifestyle and his love for his queen, Kalakaua changed Make‘e Ailana to resemble the parks that he had seen.

The only memory of Make‘e Ailana that remains is the lake that is beside the bandstand in the middle of Kapi‘olani Park. It once stood in the place where the Honolulu Zoo stands and stretched down through the middle of the park.

The beautiful 108-acre park, named after the King Kalakaua’s queen, was named Queen Kapi‘olani Park in 1877. Landscaped by Archibald Cleghorn, father of Princess Kai‘ulani, the park was dedicated on July 11, 1877 as Hawai‘i’s first public park.

Kalakaua was the Hawaiian Monarch from 1874 to 1891 and made available land grants to the people in 1876.

Kapi‘olani Park near Diamond Head, the once famous Kodak Hula Show, the world-renowned 42-acre Honolulu Zoo, and the Waikiki Shell, which holds many outdoor concerts and shows, Sunday art shows, tennis courts, soccer fields, archery range, and a three-mile jogger’s course, which is used as part of the path for the Honolulu Marathon.

The Royal Hawaiian Band provides free concerts every Sunday afternoon in the Kapi‘olani Bandstand. The park originally included a racetrack and later, a polo field.

After taking a walk around Kapi‘olani Park, you will find that not far from it is the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head Crater, and the Waikiki Aquarium.

If you are planning a visit to Kapi‘olani Park, a map is provided for those who plan to drive. For those who do not drive, here is some helpful information about the trolley and bus times.

The Waikiki Trolley is serviced by the Blue Line. The first Blue Line stops at 9:06 a.m. and, the last Blue Line stops at 4:06 p.m.

The intervals between each trolley are every 60 minutes. The trolley stops before the Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Waikiki Beach, at The Honolulu Zoo, and at the Waikiki Aquarium. In order to get to the park, get off at the Aquarium.

You can make reservations for one-day trips and up to four-day trips. For more information on the Waikiki Trolley, go to www.waikikitrolley.com.

The bus system runs more frequently and has more accessible stops. The Bus routes and schedules can be found on their Web site, and you can call them for directions from 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. The fare is $2 for adults and $1 for child (one-way).

For more information call (808) 848-5555 or by e-mail at www.thebus.org.
Enjoy your adventures in beautiful Kapi‘olani Park!


Kapi‘olani Park sign when entering the park from Kalakaua Avenue.


A painting of what Kapi‘olani Park looked like before it became a park.


Statue commemorating Queen Kapi‘olani, who the park was named after.


Map of surrounding area of Kapi‘olani Park.

Fun Activities at the Park

The Waikiki Shell is located in Kapi‘olani Park and seats 2,400 persons and the lawn area has capacity for an additional 6,000 persons. Concerts are held there and Hawai‘i Pacific University graduation.
For more information: Department of Enterprise Services City & County of Honolulu 777 Ward Avenue Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96814.
Main Office Phone: (808) 527-5400(Main Office Fax: (808) 527-5433(Box Office Phone: (808) 591-2211 (event information recording) or www.blaisdellcenter.com.


The 35th Annual Honolulu Marathon will be held Sunday December 9th, 2007 Start time is 5:00 a.m. at Ala Moana Blvd. and ends at 2:00 p.m. at Kapiolani Park.
Entry Fee: Oct 26: $125 Residents: Oct 26: $80
Oct 27 – Nov 9: $140 Oct 27 – Nov 9: $95
Nov 10 – Dec 8: $175 Nov 10 – Dec 8: $175
For more information on how to enter, visit www.honolulumarathon.org.

Honolulu Zoo: Zoo Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day(24 hour visitor information: (808) 971-7171.
General Admission (13 years and older) $8. Kama‘aina 13 years and older with local I.D.) $4. Children 6-12 years with adult 18 years and older) $1. Children (5 years and under with adult) free. Family pass $25. Local I.D. required for kama‘aina price.
For More Information, Honolulu Zoo 151 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 (808-926-3191 FAX 808-926-2622, or visit www.thehonoluluzoo.org.

Waikiki Aquarium · University of Hawai‘i-Manoa · 2777 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI. 96815 · 808.923.9741 (vox) 808.923.1771(fax)
Admission desk open daily 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m.; last guests exit at 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day; special hours on Thanksgiving and New Year’s days. Admission rates are $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and senior citizens; $4 for youths (13-17), and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors (5-12). Children 4 and under are free.
For more information about the aquarium events visit www.waquarium.org.


 

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