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“Expensive place to park and eat lunch”

Garden of Eden Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Ranked #7 of 33 things to do in Hana
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Aloha and welcome to Mauis Garden Of Eden Arboretum. An Arboretum is a park dedicated to trees. We also feature hundreds of lowland rainforest species of flowers,shrubs,and ground covers as well.We began this project in1991 with 30 acres of densely overgrown jungle, now after investing more than 20yrs of physical labor and 2 million dollars, we have created one of Hawaii's most visited botanical gardens. We have many plants found nowhere else or are uncommon to Hawaii, such as rare Amazon fruits and medicinal species, endangered hardwoods, spice, exotic nut trees, ferns and so much more...A botanical Disneyland with over 2 miles of maintained graveled walking trails...A truly educational facility with over 700 plants botanically labeled. Try to allow at least 45 minutes to explore.We feature great views and photo opportunities but no direct access to the waterfall or pools.If you are only interested in restrooms (we now have improved facilities) You can do so for free 2 miles down the road.A portion of your entry fee is donated to the nature conservatory. The cost to keep our gate open averages $1,000/dy so we sincerely thank you for your support,,,especially those who have contributed beyond our entry fee. Most botanical gardens have teams of volunteers and use chemicals to curb costs. Our entire staff are well paid professionals, and we are almost entirely a chemical free park. Thank you for visiting, we do take your comments to heart
Reviewed June 19, 2014

This garden is definitely not what we were expecting. It was a random assortment of mostly exotic trees, including to my surprise, invasive weed species. There was even a little plaque in front of one such tree explaining that it was an invasive weed! We were expecting to see native and naturalised trees and only saw a handful of these. There were strange feature areas such as the the 'Banana Patch', which consisted of five or so plants and my favourite the 'Ancient Foundation Stones', which was a collection of rocks. We assume they were the foundations of a native Hawaiian dwelling.

The only good thing I can really say about this overpriced garden was that there is plenty of parking and that there is a nice sea view from the picnic area.

All in all, this place would benefit from some interpretative signage and true ecological restoration, which means removal of invasive weeds and progressive replanting with natives.

Thank RaqueDD
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

The garden, trails and overlooks were pretty but nothing impressive. Definitely skippable, unless you need to stretch your legs and use the restroom - but it's expensive for that. If you have small children or anyone in your group that can't do some hiking along the Road to Hana (i.e. Pipiwai trail or Waianapanapa Park trails), then it would be a nice stop. Otherwise, we didn't feel that it was worth it.

1  Thank Rachel R
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

A wonderful walk through a large variety of tropical flowers, shrubs and trees. A nice way to spend a half day and you only have to drive about a third of the way to Hana. The drive there is a never ending succession of hairpin turns and one way bridges, but fun. The gardens are well laid out and plants are identified. You can stroll for hours or drive to each of the parking lots. We drove to the end and did all our walking from there. A very relaxing and peaceful afternoon.

Thank Jerry9146
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Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

This was our first stop on the R2H and was totally worth it. The views were gorgeous and the trails easy. It's a good way to ease yourself into the road to Hana mindset. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Patrick M
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

This was the second time we have gone here. The views are great. They have covered areas for eating picnic lunch with nice views. There are beautiful views of the water falls. The paths are marked with flower and tree names. One can drive thru or walk thru. I suggest one take the paths. There are ducks and peacocks to feed so bring quarters! The gift shop is not as varied with items as it once was. It costs $15.00 per person. I think son age 6 was free.

1  Thank Discover
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