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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781
808-964-5233
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Papaikou
Type: Gardens
Owner description: The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and... more » Owner description: The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world's tropical plants,and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world's rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations. « less
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Langley BC Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We toured this garden on a recent visit and just loved it! It has a pretty steep walkway up and down to the main gardens, but it is doable if you are older as long as you go slow. There are many many benches along the way to rest and if totally needed, they will take you to the lower... More

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Laupahoehoe, Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We had not been there for quite a few years. We are so glad we returned and plan to go again soon. The plants, trees, carvings, and scenery make for a very peaceful place to explore. Next time we will take longer to sit on some of the benches or tables and just gaze at the ocean and plantings. Always... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

no matter how old you are, you have to appreciate the beauty of this place.. what it was & what it is now. Lots of stunning tropical flowers to look at, birds to see. Thank you to the people who bought this and made it what it now continues to be cared for today. I was told the area overlooking... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If traveling from Hilo to Kona, must take the scenic route off of Rte 19 at mile marker 7 (clearly marked as 4 mile scenic route) about half way through drive, the parking lot is on your left.pay the 15 dollar admissions fee, it's well worth it. Remember to bring bug spray. so many beautiful plants and flowers to see...the... More

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Woodruff, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

Lots of orchids, incredible amount of tropical plants, well maintained. Wish I could have learned more about local plants, but still well worth a visit

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Bucharest, Romania
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162 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I love tropical gardens... That's why it was on our list... A beauty... A generous German gentleman bought this place, arrenged it and offered for visit... There is a fee although. Wooden paved paths are taking you in the wonder of this lush garden. You get a map and there is plenty of signs... From orchids, local plants to cascades... More

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Moscow, Russia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Definitely worthwhile place to visit! The park is great maintained, all the plants are in good condition, map and route is thoughtful, there are restrooms and shelters on the route, so the time you'll spent there is more than comfortable! There's a free car parking at the visitor's center (across the road of entrance). If you're going to buy some... More

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Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited the gardens and were totally blown away with the abundance of tropical plants, flowers, and trees. You don't want to miss this if you enjoy gardens.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

An amazing experience and more than worth the time. You see plants that you would never see just being in Hawaii.

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Eureka, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Although a 90 minute drive from our hotel, the experience of this lush , tropical paradise was well worth it. About 90 minutes recommended to see all the areas, well mapped, lots of great photo ops. There are golf carts staffed and available for those who need assistance with the beginning steep part of the trail, helpful for some of... More

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