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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8203
+1 808-323-3318
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Worth doing - go with the tour!

I'm a botanist, so my opinion is probably a bit more enthusiastic than most people's about... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2014
Elizabeth H
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Canandaigua, New York
Amazing this tour is offered daily and so interesting

I went on this tour with my 23 yr old daughter and it was amazing. The gardens are not ornamental... read more

Reviewed January 18, 2014
DawnaCDN
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Penticton, Canada
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82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8203
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

I'm a botanist, so my opinion is probably a bit more enthusiastic than most people's about wandering around looking at plants. We arrived just in time for the tour, and it was fantastic. It was raining, and the garden provided free umbrellas, which we used....More

4  Thank Elizabeth H
Peter V, Manager at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2014

We love plants too! Thanks for stopping by and taking the tour. We're glad your enjoyed your visit. Please tell your friends and family to visit as well if they come to the Big Island.

Reviewed January 18, 2014

I went on this tour with my 23 yr old daughter and it was amazing. The gardens are not ornamental plantings brought in from all over the world for the certain types of garden clubs to enjoy. They are a collection of the remaining plants...More

2  Thank DawnaCDN
Reviewed January 17, 2014

We toured the garden on our own with the book they provided. We learned about local plants and were able to see so many beautiful varieties of hibiscus and other plants/flowers. This was a nice way to learn more about the island.

Thank Skylark018
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Ms. Greenwell has collected many plants, all important to the indigenous Hawaiians for food, clothing, and/or shelter. We felt that the plants could have had more complete and up-to-date labels, with boards explaining their use. We did borrow a booklet where we could look the...More

Thank Nancy N
Reviewed January 2, 2014

I agree with the other reviews that said it is a bit disorganized and the signage isn't very clear. There also were not always clear paths for us to follow, so we had trouble figuring out which way we should head. They did give us...More

Thank Louise R
Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you can, time your visit with the tour (1PM). The gardens are not that large, but to understand the history and get meaningful identifications of the plants, you will likely need some help. We came well before the tour, so we went on our...More

Thank ranles76
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in to learn about the native plants but left a little disappointed. The place is divided into areas: coastal, Polynesian, etc. But as you walk around you see the same plants in all of the areas. The signage was very poor. Things were mis-labeled...More

Thank Yukonpuppy
Peter V, Manager at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2014

We're sorry you were disappointed by your visit to our Garden. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is not the type of botanical garden frequently found on the mainland and is meant to reflect pre-contact Hawaii. Your points on organization were duly noted. Please know...More

Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had two guides walk through the gardens with us. They were very knowledgable about the gardens, the people who originally owned the land, and how it is being used today.

Thank HawaiiAloha777
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Really, really enjoyed myself visiting this small but very special botanical garden. I learned a lot of native plants and had fun learning about the native culture.

Thank Marijke W
Reviewed October 3, 2013

This garden is pretty laid back, the guide was informative and although not the most impressive botanical garden, they do a good job of letting you know about the indigenous plants and trees. Also have a nice small gift shop and a Farmer's and Craft...More

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