National parking day without any vehicles

Lea Hong
Lea Hong

HONOLULU (KHNL) - September 19, is National Parking Day but this kind of "parking" in Downtown Honolulu isn't what you would expect to see between two cars.

Program Director for the Hawaiian Islands Trust for Public Land, Lea Hong explained the unique parking situation.

"Today around the nation hundreds of parking spaces are being turned into little parks with their own little theme," she said.

In a spot between two cars on Merchant Street near Alakea Street, one of those little parks was set up, green grass and all.

Hong said their little green park with the Hawaiian theme, attracted lots of smiles.

Some people even decided to sit down and have their lunch in the make shift park, enjoying the free live music and poi.

The project Hong said gave the public a chance to share and celebrate the green parks in cities and helped to create awareness for the need of more parks in urban areas.

Friday's temporary park was created by the Hawaiian Island's Trust for Public Land Program and Malama Hawaii

The national event takes place annually in 60 cities across America.