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Hilo in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand

Hilo's Historic Gathering Place

 
 
Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 5, 2017
1. Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand Marker
Captions: (top right) Ladies in kimonos and men in straw hats. The original bandstand has two stories and was a prominent place to gather for the ethnically diverse Hilo community of the early 1900's.; (bottom left) Members of the Hawai'i County Band later on the steps of the old bandstand in 1909. The band has been entertaining island residents since 1883.
Inscription. Mo'oheau Park was established in the early 1900's as a place for community gatherings and youth activities. The first bandstand was dedicated near the current site in 1905. The land and the original bandstand were said to have been donated by Admiral George C. Beckley, a descendant of Hawaiian royalty and associated with the Wilder Steamship Company.
The name "Mo'oheau" was used by male descendants of the Hilo chief Ho'olulu, who helped to hide the bones of Kamehameha the Great following his death in 1819, Admiral Beckley and his son were known to use the name Mo'oheau.
The current bandstand was destroyed several times by tsunami activity and rebuilt each time with similar roof and floor plans. Prior designs were two story and had "lady resting rooms" and "sport team facilities,' or restrooms on the floor
Mo'oheau Bandstand became the traditional home of the Hawai'i County Band which began in 1883. The bandstand has been the site of countless public events, music concerts, and celebrations of all sorts. Since the 1950's, the site has been a traditional statewide location for political gatherings and Democratic election eve rallies.
 
Erected by EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 and Hilo Downtown Improvement Association.
 
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Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 5, 2017
2. Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand and Marker
43.44′ N, 155° 5.052′ W. Marker is in Hilo, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Kamehameha Avenue near Mamo Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo HI 96720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hilo Town Plantation Bell Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spiritual Power of Stones (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lyman House Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Kamehameha at Hilo Bay (approx. half a mile away); Hilo Bay: In the days of Kamehameha (approx. half a mile away); Waiakea Social Settlement Clock (approx. 1.1 miles away); Waiakea Town (Yashijima) (approx. 1.1 miles away); Onomea Bay (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hilo.
 
More about this marker. The Bandstand is in the park located between Kamehameha Avenue and the Bayfront Highway.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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