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“Amazing botanical garden!!”

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Papaikou
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

This botanical garden is one of the best I have been to. It has very nice paved walkways and is very well maintained. It is $15/person to get it but worth every penny. Takes about 90 minutes to compelete the loop. Not only are there exotic flowers galore but waterfalls and great views of the ocean.

Don't for get the mosquito wipes or spray!!

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

On our drive from Hilo back to Waikoloa on the northern route, we stopped at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens not knowing what to expect, and spent an incredible 2+ hours walking from beautiful flower to exquisite plant to the waterfalls and then the ocean and back. We loved that most every plant was labeled so you could tell what you were seeing and where it was native - not many were found native to Hawaii. It was such a contrast to the Kona side - a perfect excursion to take if you are staying on that side as we were.

1  Thank ysp-ba
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

These gardens are off of the 4-mile scenic route which in and of itself is a worthwhile and beautiful drive. The paved 1.25 mile garden trail offers constant delights from orchids to waterfalls to the ocean and much more. If you are the type who refuses to go to an Italian restaurant unless the staff are all from Italy and the food is imported from Florence, then you may not be interested in this garden. Most of the plant life is not native. However, it is beautiful nonetheless and offers a 1 1/2 to 2 hour stroll along a paved walkway to view the exotic plants. One word of caution - to get to the valley where much of the garden is - you need to walk down a steep decline. Not too bad if you are careful - but to exit you must walk back up what is now a steep incline. If you are in fairly good shape it should not be a problem. They do offer golf cart assistance for those in need. Assess the ability of those in your party. Also, there are little benches along the decline/incline to rest, if needed.

1  Thank Jeana P
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

My husband and I decided to drive to this side of the Island to see Akaka Falls. When we finished there, we decided to stop at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. It is beautiful, and you really don't have to be a gardener to enjoy this spot. It was a wonderful, relaxing walk through an extensive collection of exotic plants. I am a beginner (very beginner) photographer, and I loved the opportunity to play around with my camera to capture the beautiful flowers and plants throughout the grounds. Much of the time it felt like we were the only two people there, and before we knew it, 3 hours had passed. It was one of the most unexpected and enjoyable experiences of our entire vacation. I would highly recommend it. Be prepared to walk a lot and make sure you can handle walking up stairs and steep inclines. While most of this is paved, easy terrain, there are areas with extensive steps. The final walk out requires you to go up a fairly steep incline, but it should not be a problem unless you have prior mobility issues. For most of the grounds, it is a lovely, relaxing stroll.

1  Thank Erin E
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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful garden, flowers were amazing, water falls were spectacular, employees were very nice and helpful.

2  Thank GrantleyMoore
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