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Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens

870 Iao Valley Road, Wailuku, Maui, HI
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Ranked #11 of 16 attractions in Wailuku
Type: Parks, Gardens
Activities: Getting married, Picnicking
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English first
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121 reviews 121 reviews
65 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

This is on the way to Iao Valley and, since it's free, you may as well stop. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to see the different gardens that honor the immigrants who came to Hawaii. There is also a park here so you will see locals having picnics or just sitting in the parking lot. You also have a... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This park has various exhibits showing the range of settlers that came to Maui from different areas. The park its self is fairly old and the displays are showing there age. Some more than others. The Japanese area and Chinese areas are the most showy. Locals come here for bar bee ques on the weekends so can be crowded at... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is a nice, free, little garden dedicated to the various ethnic groups who emigrated to Hawaii. It's not very big and not strenuous at all. Some of the gardens are a bit sparse, but it's still pretty. It was a nice little stop after visiting the Iao Valley State Monument.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is a nice stop on the way to the top of 'Iao Valley. There are areas designated for each of several ethnic groups that immigrated to Hawaii, with examples of their architecture and/or gardens. Wonderful photo ops! I say it was mostly peaceful because a large group had taken over one of the pavilions and was blasting hip hop... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

I'm not happy with the reviews that I noticed. I cannot believe from the reviews that these gardens are run down and lack any beauty. I had my wedding back in 1986, while we ported there off of the American Hawaii Cruise. This was the most wonderful of all the sites and that's where I chose to wed. It was... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a fitting tribute to the ethnic groups who first immigrated to Hawaii. It probably would have been great if we were one of those groups and spending a day there, but as a 45 min stop on a sightseeing tour, there's not a lot to see or do.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Walking from Wailuku to Iao Valley, I came across the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens. I am surrounded by symbols of Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese culture. On the south end of the Gardens, a river carving out the mountain above is framed with papaya trees as I take pictures. Uproad, the Iao Valley State Park.

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Los Angeles
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Stopped here on the way back from Iao Valley State Park. Its free so no reason not to spend a few minutes here. More but different views of the same types of montains as you'll find at Iao Valley State Park, plus some nice Asian and a few christian themed buildings and statues are here as well. A pleasant place,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Great place to stop by on your way to the Iao Needle State Monument. This is a quiet place where the different cultural groups that came to Hawaii are commemorated with some significant monument. Good to walk through and experience the rich Asian plantation workers that contributed to the sugar and pineapple plantation fields. There is a memorial to Sun... More

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

The beauty of the grounds is some of the best I have seen in my travels. Though parking can be a challenge, the peace and tranquility gained from walking the grounds will be well worth it.

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