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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 view into pre-European contact Hawai'i

This is a garden designed to teach about native Hawaiian and Polynesian plants found here pre-European contact. It is a great hands-on location to experience and learn about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Santa Clara, California, United States
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

As a gardener that studies Native plants this garden is perfect for answering all your 'what's that plant?' questions! Visitor center staff is welcoming and very happy to share information! The audio tour to compliment the walking tour really puts this garden over the top! You hear local people sharing the history of the plants and their uses. History, agriculture... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Very interesting garden. We saw that this garden had all of the original plants brought by the early Polynesians. Easy walk and well worth the stop.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Education experience about the native plants and Polynesian introductions used by Hawaiians pre-European contact. Not somewhere to go for immaculate landscaping. Go with the expectation that this is a teaching and research garden, not a botanical garden with beautiful flowers, etc. While there, you can download and listen to a free audio tour using your smartphone. Definitely worth an hour... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is a garden designed to teach about native Hawaiian and Polynesian plants found here pre-European contact. It is a great hands-on location to experience and learn about various native plants that you might not see elsewhere- or you would possibly see, but overlook (like "weeds") not knowing what it was. The park went over a renovation the last few... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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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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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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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