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“Garden Wonderland!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

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
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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.
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“Garden Wonderland!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

My favorite place to visit on the Big Island. So many beautiful flowere and tropical plants. If you like flowers, this is a must see.

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“Do not miss the tropical botanical gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I have been here many times, and cannot visit Hilo without stopping for yet another visit. It is lush, diverse and beautifully laid out along a gulch leading to the ocean. An additional bonus is the old road out of Hilo which takes you there and the place where you get such a delicious smoothy at the western end of that road (past the gardens).

Visited March 2013
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“Tough climb out is worth every breathless moment!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Ever seen a Hanging Lobster Claw or a Firecracker Heliconia? Or six varieties of ginger? Parrots (albeit in a massive cage) cavorting within sight of teeny orchids? No? Then visit this garden. As you descend down a steep, well-marked path (which you will have to climb back up), you pass amazing plants and stare up at unbelievably tall trees. It's not a prissy, pristine garden, but it's full of wonder. Bring snacks to enjoy at the picnic tables at the outlooks by the sea before you head back. Take water, and take your time.

Visited March 2013
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“The garden is okay, but some of the staff....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The garden could use a little more professional eye, removal of some of the invasive weeds in the garden areas, and a least one area that features indigenous Hawaiian plants (95% of the garden are exotics from other places), but the real turn off were some of the staff. Half the staff were very friendly, but there were a few that were rude and lacked any aloha at all.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful gardens!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Well run, beautiful gardens. Very impressive array of flowers and plants. Well marked trails and footpaths. Stunning ocean views on the lower part of the trails.

Visited February 2013
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