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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

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Address: 82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8203
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+1 808-323-3318

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Glad we got to visit before Jan 31 closing.

There is a wonderful farmers market on Saturday right next to this garden. I had read the garden was closing on Jan 31 and sincerely hope funding is found to keep it going. We... read more

Reviewed February 4, 2016
Charleston, South Carolina
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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260 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a lovely place and a tribute to the positive influence of the Greenwell family on the Big Island.The reason for its closure is uncertain and no announcement has been made for a reopening.

Thank Gabriele S
Captain Cook, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2017

THEY HAD TO CLOSE IT DOWN for now. Various reasons but the building is still there and you can view some of the grounds. There is a farmers market on Sunday and Fridays with lots of parking. Come by, use the clean restrooms and take a view of the spot. Maybe send a note to Greenwell and ask that they... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2017

There is no word on when it will re open, it is a tragic loss to the island - shut indefinitely. I hope that the locals - many of whom are wealthy Americans from the mainland who have retired here or have second homes here - will pool together and preserve this valuable resource of Hawaii's indigenous plants and trees.... More 

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Covington, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We came by for the farmers market and it was awesome! There were tons of vendors and we got to sample a lot of yummy foods! Had the best sno cones ever from a vendor here!!

Thank MandM620
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2016

The Garden has a collection of nerly all of the banana varieties which were discovered and bred by the prehistoric Hawaiian farmers. There are other native (endemic, found only in Hawaii and nowhere else in the world) plants and Polynesian introduced ("canoe plants," so-called because they were brought to Hawaii by the Polynesian voyaging discoverers after more than a month... More 

Oneida, New York
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76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2016

We had so been looking forward to touring this garden and were crushed to see it closed. Very sad to have such a resource deteriorating and unavailable any more.

1 Thank Katherine C
Charleston, South Carolina
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70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2016

There is a wonderful farmers market on Saturday right next to this garden. I had read the garden was closing on Jan 31 and sincerely hope funding is found to keep it going. We enjoyed our walk around it along with history and plant names. Saw some neat new birds, too.

1 Thank Southerner
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2016

This seems to be a garden-in-progress. There are exhibits of local climate zone plants, but it's super-low key at this point with some signs still needing to be placed to make it clear to the visitor who knows zero what is what.

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2015

They have an interesting iPhone app that you can download right there that allows you to take a guided tour of the gardens. Everyone we encountered was very friendly, including the big red rooster! I learned a lot touring the gardens and listening to the self guided tour app.

1 Thank Phil H
Santa Clara, California, United States
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2015

As a gardener that studies Native plants this garden is perfect for answering all your 'what's that plant?' questions! Visitor center staff is welcoming and very happy to share information! The audio tour to compliment the walking tour really puts this garden over the top! You hear local people sharing the history of the plants and their uses. History, agriculture... More 

1 Thank Rebecca S

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