On our drive around the Big Island, leaving Hilo behind and heading northwest through Hamakua, we just about bypassed this spot. That would have been a major mistake! Our guidebook told of a 4-mile scenic route on a section of old Mamalahoa Highway, leading to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. So we turned around, and spent a good 2 hours or more exploring this gorgeous retreat. Beautifully maintained gardens, and some lovely ocean views too. This was a highlight of our Big Island trip! Well worth the $15 admission fee to see this slice of paradise.
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