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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

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Address: 82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-323-3318
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Great specimens and chance to see native plants

Nice garden to see native Hawaiian plants and their cultural significance. Not just a place for pretty flowers, you can really learn something too. Very nice staff, we were even... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Issaquah, Washington
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Corvallis, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The gardens were not kept up nor were the plants and trees labeled. There is a great garden a few miles north of Hilo which is wonderful. Sorry...

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Issaquah, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Nice garden to see native Hawaiian plants and their cultural significance. Not just a place for pretty flowers, you can really learn something too. Very nice staff, we were even brought umbrellas during a classic spring 10 minute rainstorm.

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Eugene, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Don't let the humble entrance fool you. You will need at least an hour to walk the grounds here. A great place to learn about Hawaiian history and agriculture. You can do a self guided tour or take one with one of the friendly staff members. My wife and I had a great time and highly recommend this place.

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Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

In an herbal sense, the early Hawaiians were impressive pharmacists. This unique garden is a volunteer-run, nonprofit group that maintains a rare collection of plants that the original Hawaiian settlers brought with them from Polynesia. The tour inspired me to imagine the people who made multiple voyages across vast ocean expanses to transplant the special plants they depended on. I... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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81 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went here and another garden on Painted Church. Greenwell by far is the better choice. Here, everything is labeled and many have good background on signs. Mostly, one could install a free app and download the narrative. Then, once inside, one could play each narrative (30 seconds to 2 minutes) for each numbered plant and, there are over 40!... More 

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Aleknagik, AK
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My friend and I visited on 2/5/15 and were pleasantly surprised to find there is a guided tour, that began in 20 minutes. We were given an hour of personalized information on the indiginous plants of Hawaii. The guide was a wealth of information on the plants and culture of the Polynesian people who came to Hawaii, bringing seeds and... More 

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Kent
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My wife and I dropped in to the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on a Sunday morning with the dual purpose of checking out the farmers' market as well as taking a morning walk around the garden. The market was quite interesting with plenty of food and craft items for sale. Paying $7 a person entry, we had higher expectations... More 

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Charleston, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Had hoped for a guided tour but the guides were out with illness. This is an enjoyable place to walk through and learn about Hawaiian flora before the arrival of Capt. Cook. Signs give names and use of plants. Some of the plants are endangered species

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Knotts Island, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

beautiful gardens with interesting fruit trees and plant mazes. lovely gift shop with local art and jewelry.

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Its a nice stroll, good bathroom facilities, nice people in the shop and close to the road. but wear bug repellant!

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