4th Marine Division Memorial Park (i.e. Giggle Hill),
HaikuMile 2, Kokomo Rd., Haiku
Since da World War II days–when this Kokomo Road park was a camp/training ground for the 4th Marine Division–“Giggle Hill” has been the perfect place to cavort under the trees’ canopy and count bases with your beau. While its nickname comes from teeheeing about tittie-touching, there are lots of (more wholesome) reasons to laugh. The park’s also prime real estate to fly a kite, or battle with buds using homemade medieval war implements (forged of foam noodles and duct tape), or snack on a Fukushima hotdog or five. But since 2004, the park’s boasted a nonpareil playground, built thanks to community donations. Named “Kalapukua Playground”–in short, meaning “magical playground”–the dark wood structure’s centerpiece is a glittering mosaic depicting frolicking honu. It’s a wonderland of spires, slides, swings and steps–and makes for a ready-made day trip with your innocent keiki (while you still can).