I will say that the staff was great and the gardens are quite nice. I feel like we didn't really understand what this place was all about so I hope to clarify that here to help others out. First off, this place has a great story and is relatively young (nearly all plantings done within last 20 or so years). They are continually working on adding many different plants.
Here's what my wife and I found to be great: the enthusiasm of our zipline guides and our Segway tour leader (Keaneau), the part of the segway tour through the gardens (Keaneau cut off fresh fruit for us to eat...things we've never had access to...that alone could have been worth the trip there).
Here's what left us thinking, "not a good value". For $147 per person, I expected a pretty significant zipline adventure. It wasn't. We've done zipline canopy tours at bretton woods resort in the White Mountains (http://brettonwoods.com/activities/canopy_tour/overview), where...for $110 you can go on a 3 hour SICK* zipline canopy tour AND ski the rest of the day. *SICK (in my book) is high speed, super long zip lines very often more than 100' above the ground (at one point it crosses a valley and must be at least 200' up) and then there's the rappelling out of the tree's in a couple of places to hike to the next line. Similarly, the zipline and high adventure course at Skytop Lodge in the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania is also a much better value...insanely good, actually at $45 ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g53691-d122320-r140366695-Skytop_Lodge-Skytop_Pocono_Mountains_Region_Pennsylvania.html)...or check them out on yelp. There's no argument that there are MUCH, MUCH better values out there. The same goes for the Segway tour. We did very little Segway-ing (can I make that a verb?), but we did see some great gardens, ate fruit we didn't know existed and got a serious primer on Hawaiian history and the problems/solutions for the new generation of Hawaiians as told by a (late 20's?). very passionate Keaneau.. He had a few facts wrong, but still....you've got to admire his passion! Go for the gardens. If you've never been on a zipline before, this is the one to start on. If you like lots of mostly accurate and fairly biased chatter about hawaiian history and not much actual segway riding, then this is the place for you. I truly LOVE the people...they really are great souls, but I don't see the value.
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