Situated in downtown Honolulu, this 7.5-acre garden is located north of Foster Botanical Garden and is a part of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens system. The garden dates to Queen Lili`uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawai`i, who purchased the property from the estate of Queen Kalama in 1884. For much of her life Lili`uokalani kept a small house on the property. In 1912, five years prior to her death, she donated the land to the Civic Federation of Honolulu to be used as a park.
Largely undeveloped when it became public, the garden has been carefully preserved as a rural landscape, augmented with trees and plants to reflect Hawai`i’s native flora. Nestled along the Nu`uanu Stream and featuring the Waikahalulu Waterfall, the garden includes large specimen trees and native plants selected in honor of the Queen. Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden was listed along with Foster Botanical Garden on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.