Kamakana Playground at Harold Higashihara Park on The Big Island is known as one of the best play spaces in Hawaii. Want to scale a life-size whale? Look no further than Kamakana Playground. The grounds also offer a Kona Sugar Company 1897 model train, a replica of a Polynesian sailing ship for climbing and tunneling, wooden turrets for climbing, a drawbridge and ring toss games, as well as a separate play area sized for little kids, ages 2 to 5. And for brain play, check out the chess tables with boards built into the rock.
Take note that the Kamakana Playground is currently closed for renovations. Not only will the park be renovated for wear and tear and to bring it into compliance with ADA standards, but look for a 20-foot zip line when it reopens.