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Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary

83-5401 Paintd Church Road, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Captain Cook
Type: Gardens
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Chicago, Illinois
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This garden was really relaxing. Please take some time and spend the afternoon here. They have a lot of nice gardens and it is a nice change from all of the Lava fields on the island.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

An amazing gem on the Big Island! I happened to come across this while I was exploring near Kealakekua State Historical Park on the southwest side of the island. I am so glad that I decided to give it a try. It is truly a thing of beauty. For a small admission fee, you receive a handout with a diagram... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

This was a delightful garden to visit. The Galaxy Garden was simply amazing. Very friendly staff. Self-guided walking.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

These gardens were very pretty and serene.I loved the views. However, I think it was a bit overpriced ($10 per adult). No one else was there when we visited.

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Portland, Oregon
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87 reviews 87 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

The grounds offer the visitor a welcoming place to move slowly and respectfully through a beautiful botanical and spiritual garden. Shrines to all the major religions using beautiful statuary, plants and signage explaining various aspects of the statues. Also, you can experience one of the truly unique plantings of hibiscus and other native plants in the shape of our galaxy.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

A must! This place is just so amazing. The grounds and flowers are so beautiful and the views are not to be missed. One of the high point of this visit.

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Green Bay Wisconsin
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116 reviews 116 reviews
31 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We go to the Paleaku Peace Gardens each time we are in Kona. There are beautiful trees and flowers, and the Galaxy Garden has some of the most beautiful hibiscus you will ever see. There is a nominal fee to get in, and you will often be the only folks there, so it is peaceful. You can sit on a... More

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you have limited time on the Island of Hawaii, this is definitely worth a visit as it has to be one of the finest botanical displays on earth. Try to avoid any cellular phone users who are bellowing their news to relatives on the mainland; the idea of a peaceful setting seems to be lost on some people.

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Captain Cook, Hawaii, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

I first learned of Paleaku Peace Gardens when I met Barbara DeFranco, visionary and founder, several years ago. She described to me a garden dedicated to peace, harmony, and many of the world's religions. I couldn't picture it, but she clearly had a vision and always seemed on the look out for plants and objects that might find a home... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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137 reviews 137 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We happened upon these gardens on the way back from the painted church. This is worth a visit if you're into flora. There are several gardens each devoted to peace as preached by various religious groups. The setting is peaceful and relatively flat. A lot of color in these gardens and an occasional gecko on the flowers. We really enjoyed... More

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