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“Like a mini-machu picchu”

Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
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Newberg, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Like a mini-machu picchu”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

Limahuli was a great surprise on our tour of the north shore of Kauai. For only $15, you get to wander through a beautiful and historic garden made from the site of an ancient village. The guide book is wonderful and the trail easy and scenic. We stopped to admire the humpback whales playing off the coast as there was also an incredible vista overlooking the bay. The backside of the peaks of the Na Pali were also part of the 'wall' around the garden. Spectacular. Make sure you either take a guided tour or take the time to read the guide book as there are so many wonderful stories and legends as well as facts about the plants and surrounding area.

Visited January 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“The Polynesians as Master Gardeners”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

This is a low keyed but first class operation. Showing the ecological practices of the polynesian settlers--terraces, sharing of water, cultivation of taro and other useful plants, you'll see the types of plants that were used and imagine the ingenuity of the Polynesians in obtaining cloth, medicines, food from the various parts of the few plants they cultivated. As you walk up (flip flops not recommended), there's a "native" plant section, and some of the introduced plantation plants.

The view from on high is lovely, you're one with the green land, very old stones, an the ocean below. The gal in the shop said 45 minutes, but we spent nearly 2 hours there. Clearly there are some passionate ecologically minded folks behind this operation.

Some caveats:: this is not a showcase garden of flowering plants. And the word "national" in the title may lead you to think it's a federal operation, like the wonderful Botanic Gardens in DC. Not true. It's part of 5 garden association--4 in Hawaii one in Florida, hence National. I'd be willing to go to any of the others based on the beautiful intention and execution of this garden.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank MarylandMreed
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Seal Beach, California
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
75 attraction reviews
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“Magnificent old Hawaii horticulture”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

Outstanding docent
We didn't mind the rain
It was warm and brief
What a valley they have transformed with native plants
Mega surf
Volcanic cliffs

Visited March 2011
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Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Garden rich with history”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

This garden was beautiful and so informational. You get a booklet on the self guided tour and it explains the plants and tells stories, was well worth the entrance fee! So many areas and so fascinating to see how even long ago Hawaiians were concenrned with conservation! Small gift shop has unique items and staff was super friendly. Mahalo for a great time!

Visited November 2011
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Austin, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Lovely spot for gardeners and the views alone are worth the price of entry.”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

Loved learning about the plants. The explanations of the history of the Hawaiians was interesting and the place was beautiful.

Visited January 2012
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