Koko Crater Botanical Garden

Koko Crater Botanical Garden

Koko Crater Botanical Garden
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Homer
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Sep 2022 • Couples
Waikiki has changed so much. The traditional Hawaiian experience has long gone. Especially places to eat and shop. Everything seems to be catering to upper income customers. I’ll still continue to go there, the Hale Koa is affordable and even they are becoming pricey.
Written September 29, 2022
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AUGrad98
Corning, NY103 contributions
Aug 2021
Our family (Dad, Mom and two sons (12 and 10)) visited in the afternoon on a Tuesday. We did not have a problem finding a parking spot. It was a quiet walk through the garden. The trails are not well defined in some spots and we got sidetracked once. The hike is a slight incline towards the back of the crater. There are many species of plants I was unaware about. The African side of the trial was more interesting than the American side of the trail. The most unique find was the sausage tree! Overall, an easier hike and a nice break from the busyness of the city.
Written August 15, 2021
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Fearless Rabbit
Killeen, TX430 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
The trail is easy to walk, but there are side paths that can get you off the main one as you see plants that draw you to the side paths. The trail is a 2 mile loop, it is wide and mostly dirt but there are places where the off-trail can dead end. We loved the trail, the atmosphere of a garden in a crater, and a respite from crowds. It is a natural amphitheater for plants, this collection is amazing and heavenly. We decided to visit Koko Crater Botanical Garden, right after New Years, in January. Look for the mongooses, beautiful birds, and other wildlife. Every one that visit Oahu Island should go there. No water on site so bring plenty for yourself. The garden is free and a self guided. About an hour easy walk. Try following the signs. It's great!
Written January 3, 2021
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ITRT
Virginia37,937 contributions
Mar 2022
This garden is a plumeria paradise. Located in Hawaii Kai and there is a golf course on either side of it. The garden specialty is the cultivation of cacti, aloes, dryland palms, plumeria and bougainvillea. The loop around the garden is approximately two miles. We did not walk to the portion featuring species from Madagascar and Africa. The blooming plumeria and bougainvillea were a sight for sore eyes. We visited in March when the flowers were in bloom and the fragrance was amazing. Go in the morning and you will likely have the place to yourself. Free parking is available. It is open dawn to dusk.
Written May 15, 2022
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NikkyD
Cochrane, Canada84 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Beautiful walk through the crater with all kinds of tropical plants and trees. We enjoyed the quietness of the park, only a handful of people we met. It was really hot in the crater, so make sure to bring plenty of water. There are no facilities, you can't buy any food or water there. Only one outhouse in the entire park.
Written February 10, 2020
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Phim B
Columbus, OH102 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
While we didn’t visit the botanical garden, we had the best volcano crater experience to date. Personally, I had a better experience walking down the solidified lava compared to a volcanoe in visited in Iceland. While the one we visited in Iceland gave us a view from above the cauldron, this experience gave me and my wife, the chance to walk down the cascading solidified lava rocks from the volcano!
We had to slowly choose where our feet would land, making sure we step on portions without sand. Stepping on a steep sandy lava rock would surely make you lose your footing! Remember to walk sideways and not directly downwards!
If you plan to visit the Koko Crater, make sure to go on rubber shoes! Take my word for it!
No facilities/restroom.
Written February 23, 2022
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Kg
Oahu, HI2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful! Stop and smell the different tree blossoms and you will smell a beautiful variety of jasmine, lemon, peach, rose and vanilla in the blossoms. You can taste the peach scent. Never made it out of the plumeria grove.
Written July 18, 2021
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Michael N
Mesquite, NV143 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I love botanical gardens. This is an easy 2 mile loop walk through absolute beauty. It contains plants from all over the world. The cactus section was my favorite. I especially enjoyed sitting in the plumeria grove with its intoxicating fragrance.
Written May 25, 2022
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LasVegasMyTown
Las Vegas, NV961 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We live in Hawaii Kai...only about a 1/4 mile away. Had wanted to do this before we sell our home and move back to The Mainland this year. And so we did...today, Sunday, 2/11. This is what we found...

WEAR GOOD SNEAKERS or HIKING BOOTS and take a bottle of water....
The road to the garden is paved until the tail end...then it is dirt with many holes. Parking free...along with FREE admission. That is where the good STOPS.

A lone volunteer sits to the side and there is a sign w/information on what you are to see. There is a mailbox with paper inserts that have a map and description of the gardens. Take one. And, off you go...

The "trail" is VERY BASIC...read, almost non-existent. If you have any type of walking issue, do not go. MANY large stones, holes, and uneven paths with many ruts...etc. Expect what I am telling you and IF you don't see it that way, well, you are ahead.

Right away, we could tell these gardens are what one would call "natural"...READ...NOT maintained. Close to the entrance are many old Plumeria trees...that generally are in full bloom in April/May. They would be very nice to see. At the fork in the path, the map tells you to go the left...we went right. Close by is the CACTUS area. It is nice to view...BUT, EVERYTHING needs to be tidied up and name/info signs need to be placed by the specimens. It's nice to look up at the crater...Koko Head, and to think where you are.

So, the "trail loop" is confusing in many places...MOST places, as, well, there are hardly any signs/arrows, etc. to point one in a a comfortable direction. We were always guessing.

The majority of the "trail loop" has nothing one would go to a garden to see...it is all overgrown and has no general maintenance. The "path trail" is rough"...I will say that again. There are a few benches and even picnic tables to sit at. Like anyone would bring a picnic lunch out here?? I don't think so.

Rough walking "trail", dirty with overgrowth, no signage, not much to really see...well...it's FREE.

Again, like I said at the very beginning, that's the highlight. FREE.

I cannot recommend taking time out of your vacation to visit here. Please give me a Heads Up vote if my review is helpful to you or yours. Aloha.
Written February 12, 2018
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darkswede218
Fall City, WA337 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
What a treat to walk among cacti, succulents, trees and plants from all over the world!! Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Africa, WOW. But I give it only 3 stars. It would have been a 5-star had there been an adequate brochure or signage to explain what you were looking at. There is a Tri-fold pamphlet that provides a rudimentary guide to the 2 mile walk but nothing in terms of unique plant adaptations, how animals & humans utilize the plants, rate of growth, etc.

Granted, the botanical garden is FREE and I didn't see any donation box, so I am appreciative of the (volunteer?) staff time and effort to make this available. Maybe seek some grant money to design and print a more educational self-guided tour brochure and buy some numbered signs/posts to prompt guests to read about the plant. Also, install a bomb-proof donation box and ask for $2.00 per brochure.

One port-a-potty above the Plumeria.
No drinking water.
Not steep but the 2 mile path is uneven and not suitable for frail or elderly.
See plenty of birds - bring your binoculars
See Mongoose
Written April 14, 2019
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