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Limahuli Garden and Preserve

5-8291 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Hanalei
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Walking

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Marlton, New Jersey
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421 reviews 421 reviews
234 attraction reviews
443 helpful votes 443 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was a bit disappointed in these gardens. There was a loop trail heading through gardens to the top of a lookout. It took me about one hour at a good clip. Everything was nice, well kept and scenic but I guess I am more used to the more ornate rose gardens like Allerton or the Botanical ones on the... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This place is really beautiful. It was raining the entire time we were there, but that didn't affect our appreciation of the gardens. The misty surroundings gave it an additional beautiful dimension. Very educational. After one walks through an area of invasive species, you come to an area landscaped with native plants, showing you how it can be done and... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This was a wonderful surprise. We took a self-guided tour on a beautiful afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hiking up and down the trail was great exercise and very informative. The information available about the foliage and history was detailed and interesting. Take good walking shoes and plan on at least a few hours so that you can read all... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

My wife and I went here on our last day of vacation as way to kill time before we went to the airport. I'm so glad we didn't miss out on this one. The self-guided tour is easy to use and so informative. This was a Hawaiian history class through the use of plants, both indigenous and invasive. Not as... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I come to Kauai every year, and never miss a trip to Limahuli. It is a self-guided botanical garden that does and exceptional job of presenting the historical and cultural aspects of botany, as well as weaving interesting local legends into the story - a wonderful learning experience. The very reasonable entrance costs support botanical research. The gardens themselves are... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Limahuli is on the north shore of Kauai. To get there, just take the road around to the north of the island and keep going until the road ends. No kidding... that is the best possible way to describe the ride there! You will feel like you missed it about halfway there, and wonder if you'll ever arrive... but after... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We went to Kauai this time primarily so my wife could enjoy the gardens. This was our second excursion (Allerton was first) and this one we did on our own. This is about a 2.5 mile walk and is done at your own pace. No crowds. Excellent signage and guide book included in fee. Highly recommend. Bring Off.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

It's a nice place to walk through, and definitely educational. The grounds are scenic. It showcases local and invasive plant species which you are bound to see if you do anything outdoors in Kauai. I did a bunch of hikes in various spots on the island before going here, so for me it was't anything I hadn't seen already.

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We visited the Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the last day of our trip to Kauai and boy was that a mistake! We actually wish we had visited it much earlier because we hiked a fair bit through the week and kept wondering what this tree was or what that plant was. We did the self-guided tour at the garden... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We returned to this Garden after being captivated by it on earlier visits. It is beautiful and educational, teaching about the plants of these islands that arrived before humans, with the first Polynesian settlers, and since Europeans arrived. It also teaches about the early cultures of Kauai and how they organized their society to survive on these islands. A beautiful... More 

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