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Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

A botanical garden not to be missed. Great location with views of "Bali Hai" from South Pacific. Friendly people. We did the self guided tour and found the guide easy to follow and informative.

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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Great place to spend a few hours. The walk up through the gardens is very informative about local plants and as you climb higher in the gardens the view becomes spectacular. Highly recommend it.

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Reviewed February 29, 2012

This lovely place covers everything for the gardener and the native Hawaiian history buff and one can have a leisurely, self-paced wander through all on offer. It is located on the far North Shore in the absolute tropical lushness of this part of Kaua'i.

Thank Dr Benjamin P
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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.

1  Thank Lea D
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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.

1  Thank MarylandMreed
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