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“Great for young kids too!”

Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We brought our 8, 6, and 5 year old sons with us. Although most of the very few patrons are senior citizens and I was expecting boring, this was actually a fun experience for our kids. The various views of the ocean, mountains, and garden make for some great pictures and appreciation of the north Kauai landscape. The placards throughout are helpful with little tidbits about the plant, its history, nativeness to Hawaii, and endangered status (some of the plants are basically extinct).

Why is this a good stop for kids?
1) They give you a self guided guidebook which lays out the 41 different stops/markers so for the youngest kids, they loved running around "searching" for the next stop in the trail as if it were a treasure hunt. The older kids can actually read the very detailed guidebook and learn a great deal. Our 8 year old continued reading it while on the plane ride back!
2) It takes about 2 hours at a leisurely pace stopping here and there to read or to take pictures so great before or after lunch activity
3) The loop has various elevations and terrains (waterfall) so a fun hike that is fairly shaded throughout
4) The kids can wander and go at their own pace since its not near any main roads and no dangerous cliffs

3  Thank Doc T
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

This was a day trip plan from our hotel in Poipu. We chose Limahuli, of several well reputed botanical gardens on the island, as it offered a self tour option. Our entry fee included a wonderful companion book with descriptions and stories of the flora and surrounding GORGEOUS scenery so I don’t think we missed out on a guide. The gardens are a relatively small but pack loads of beautiful flora at every turn. Even with a trip in March, when not all was blooming, the place was serene and lovely. The “trail” is an easy walk with benches to sit back and contemplate the beauty around you. We had the place to ourselves as a downpour accompanied our arrival. Lucky for us, we knew that they sell ponchos for the unprepared. I think the lighting and rain provided even more intensity and depth to the rich colors and surrounding mountains. Definitely worth the trip.

3  Thank napalovers
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Lovely and educational, self guided tour is very easy with the booklet that is given to you at the gift shop. The lady at the gift shop is very knowledgable and helpful.

2  Thank gabriellap
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We did the self-guided tour since people on the guided tours are always much too slow for us ;-)
The booklet you get is very helpful and informative, the setting is absolutely gorgeous with lovely ocean views (whales can be spotted during season) and of course Napali providing the backdrop. So, while you're enjoying yourself in the relaxing environment of the carefully maintained garden, you actually learn a lot about plants on Hawai'i and their history, which was fascinating! We read up on quite a few things after returning home! Be sure to bring a raincoat or windbreaker in winter since there are always showers on the North Coast (yes, that's why everything is so green...) and sensible shoes. And do come early when you're driving: the parking lot is quite small and fills up rather early.

2  Thank VidaBoheme63
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

These gardens are wonderful...take your time, take a stroll. The staff in the little shop were helpful getting us started, and we strolled for a couple of hours -- a delightful gorgeous time..a must-do for the gardeners out there.

4  Thank Barbara Jo M
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