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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
+1 808-964-5233
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I go every time I visit the Big Island-

There's a short 4 mile scenic drive - Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou - and the botanical gardens is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
DrugDoc
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Hollywood
via mobile
So Many Beautifu Flowers!

This is a must see attraction on the Big Island of Hawaii. This botanical garden was set up by a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bruce B
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Vineland, New Jersey
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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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27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There's a short 4 mile scenic drive - Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou - and the botanical gardens is on that road. It's a feast for the senses, and the walks from the road down to the rocky ocean are magnificent. Waterfalls, streams, and an aviary...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see attraction on the Big Island of Hawaii. This botanical garden was set up by a rich couple but it is open to the public. There is a small cost to tour the garden but it is worth every penny. A...More

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

These gardens were recommended to us by our B&B, definitely worth the entrance fee especially since it is a non-profit organization. There is a very steep walk in and out of the gardens, golf cart is available for an extra charge, rest of the walk...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This garden is exquisite! Meticulously maintained, specimens are well labled, and such a wide variety of delightful tropical plants, trees, and miniature ecosystems to observe. The lagoon by the sea is post card perfect! It will truly make you feel as if you are in...More

Thank Michelle P
Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you! Aloha!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The plants are beautiful. You may have seen some of them elsewhere, but you've probably never seen them in a place like this. What an amazing location! A steep hill downward, with various grouped plantings along the way. Also, a waterfall, several fantastic coastal water...More

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Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Note that this garden is a non-profit and not a government agency. It's a narrow road for a half-mile off the main route north of Hilo. Drive carefully. Parking is somewhat limited. There's a very steep path down to the bottom and the ocean. Watch...More

Thank Ray R
Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is literally a vertical botanical garden. It is spectacular to stroll through, but the climb up is a workout. There are golf carts that can take you down and up for a minimal charge. I took so many pictures because everything is gorgeous.....flowers and...More

Thank Shelley J
Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the gardens in July of 2000 and again this year. We took numerous pictures in 2000 and I looked at them before our return this year. Things were even more breathtaking than they were 17 yrs. ago. We live in...More

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Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blessings on Dan Lutkenhouse for having a vision & making the commitment to seeing it fulfilled! The amount of work involved in making the gardens what they are today must have been staggering. He is no longer here to enjoy them personally, but those of...More

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Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stunning restoration of natural beauty .Great testament to the Founders hard work. Some truely staggeringly gorgeous plants, very tastefully planted thoughout. More than worth the entrance fee. Could easily have spent more time there had the itinary allowed.

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Hawaii_Trop, Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Batabling
May 1, 2017|
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Response from 505badgolfer | Reviewed this property |
I was using a google fi phone (which searches for the strongest signal among several carriers) and had no connection problems on the Hilo side of the Big Island.
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April 20, 2017|
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Response from Kimraem | Reviewed this property |
Once you leave the main highway it's a little twisty but not a 'scary' road and not for long, it's quite scenic actually.
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Dayna C
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There was a nice packed turkey wrapped sandwich on the horseback tour to the water fall. Nothing fancy, but nice. They check with our needs before the tour. I don't recall food with the garden, but we found a great little... More
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