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“For all you ginger and palm aficionados”

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Papaikou
Certificate of Excellence
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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 October 30, 2013

First, the bad news: the washrooms are small and not terribly clean, and there's little food or drink to be had at the gift shop. (Go up the road a little bit further north to What's Shakin', a fabulous little smoothie-shack - see our review.) Also, the price is not low. The gardens lie at the bottom of a steep ramp, so that some - how do I put this politely - "gravitationally strong Americans" have to call upon the golf-cart shuttle which is available to take them back up to the top.

But the gardens are beautiful, a large and lush tropical collection with emphasis on ginger species and having many kinds of palms. A serious botanist could probably spend days here. Many colors, sizes, and structures of plants are represented. The tall trees form a canopy that makes you feel like you're really in a jungle. Also be sure not to miss the giant wooden tiki god, carved from a single tree. There is also a birdhouse with a few macaws. The bottom-most areas near the shore have pleasant breezes. Best of all, the plants are well-labeled - something never to be taken for granted in a botanical garden!

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

This Botanical Garden is a national treasure. It is located in a spectacular canyon along the ocean. Exquisite garden specimens abound in this lush and spectacular environment.

Thank Robert K
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

I love gardening, my husband not so much! But we both LOVED this garden and the story behind it. Definitely plan on at least one hour to walk through these enchanting gardens!

Thank LauraGrace1126
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is an amazing garden that even my 5 year old son enjoyed - it is very well organized into sections with benches and rest spots, and AMAZING views at the bottom of the bay. We especially loved the palm tree forest and the heliconia. My son saw his very first pineapple plant and we also saw a mongoose - cool! Be prepared for the vigorous hike back up - bring lots of water and good walking shoes/sport sandals - we were definitely huffing and puffing back up the steep incline. I'd say we spent a good 2 hours or so at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens - well worth the time.

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Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

If your a gardener or one who appreciates nature and beauty.. This is a must. Tropical plants, streams and winding paths that have you walking through paradise. Nice ocean views as well. Wear a comfortable pair of shoes.

1  Thank Gary J
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