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“Interesting and beautiful spot off the road to Hana” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kahanu Garden

Kahanu Garden
650 Ulaino Road, Hana, Maui, HI 96713
808-248-8912
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Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Hana
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Owner description: This garden houses the world's largest collection of breadfruit and the largest ancient place of worship for the Polynesian people.
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“Interesting and beautiful spot off the road to Hana”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

We stopped by on the way back from Hana. It's an interesting drive off the side road, especially when you have to drive through the river. Pay attention to the red poles.

Once inside, you drive for a while before parking. After that it's a self guided tour with a booklet. The Pi'ilanihale heiau was enormous. Each time you come around a corner and see it, you catch your breath. It's worth a visit, even at $10 a person. The bathroom is rudimentary, but works. There is no food of any kind there.

Visited May 2012
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“Botany and History in One Garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Veer off the Road to Hana, over a length of unpaved road, to the Kahanu Garden, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and home to the Breadfruit Institute and Pi'ilanihale Heiau. You can walk among the hundred varieties of ulu (breadfruit), near (NOT UNDER) a grove of coconut palms, examine the many crops brought by early Hawaiians in canoes, and see the largest heiau in HI, Pi'ilanihale. The Garden is of great interest from both a botanical and historical perspective.

Visited March 2012
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“a good side trip on the way to or from Hana.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Kahanu Garden is part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens and is a nice kept up place to visit. The plants that are featured are of those that are native to Hawaii or brought to Hawaii by the Polynesian voyagers. The plants have an information placard that tells the use for each plant and if you get a guide book, they have that information in there as well. The garden is home to Pi`ilanihale Heiau. It is the largest heiau (temple), in Hawaii and all of Polynesia. If you are interested in Hawaii history or Hawaiian culture, this is a good place to visit. There are incredible ocean views as well.

Visited April 2012
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“A Nice Walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We went to Kahanu Gardens the day after a bad storm and the road to get there was completely thrashed. We had to drive on the grass at times because half the road had swept away. They were actually surprised when we rolled up in our little Hyundai Elantra rental car. The gardens is a self guided tour so you're free to walk around at your leisure. Because of the storm the day before we were the only ones there which was nice. The temple is massive, but you can't go up on it. The views of the shore and waves were really nice as well. Overall I'd recommend it if you're in town for a few days, but if you're just doing a drive through of Hana there are better places to spend your time.

Visited March 2012
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“a little expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

I think the only way you can justify the $10 entrance fee is by knowing that your money will go towards the preservation of a site that has historical religious significance to the people of Maui.
I have seen better botanical gardens and the drive to Hana has a lot of great stops as well but this place does have a history that should be preserved.
Definitely not a waste of money if you consider it to be a donation.

Visited February 2012
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