I've been to Kaui twice, and visited all sorts of places here, but this is my favorite of all. It's a family residence that has been turned into a magical garden that is open to the public a few days a week. You must have a reservation to visit here. Our guide Holly is a local college professor, and has a PhD in medicinal ethnobotany. She was the best guide I've ever had. We spent about 3 hours strolling through the 8 acre paradise created by Bill, his wife Lucy, and their master gardener, Michael. There are plenty of orchids, but the best part is learning about how cacao is grown, seeing the trees with the pods, and then tasting the homemade chocolate made by Lucy from these very cacao trees. We got to taste local honey from the bees on the grounds, and it too was fabulous. Holly would stop and point out trees and shrubs, such as annato (used for red dyes) and noni (a medicinal plant) and and acai palm, and explain a lot of how they are grown and used today, and by indiginous people too. If you're into plants, and are up for an education garden tour, this is the best of the best. If you just want to see pretty flowers and sit on benches, then this isn't the garden for you. This is a REAL garden, lovingly created by a family, and shared with the public. Our group had 8 people in it, but we were told there can be as many as 20 in a group. We had plenty of stops to rest in the shade, and we got to taste fruits fresh from the tree. I had the MOST delicious tangerine I've ever tasted here. We had star fruit and much more. I give this place a big thumbs up.
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