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Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Ranked #17 of 41 things to do in Kahului
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a six acre botanical garden nestled in the heart of Kahului, Maui, Hawai‘i. Unlike other botanical gardens statewide, MNBG is the only botanical garden in the State of Hawai‘i that primarily features collections of Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plant species within a coastal sand dune environment. The garden showcases Hawaiian plant collections that are specific to the islands of Maui Nui (Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe, and Molokini) and many are endangered and/or endemic to the islands.
Reviewed July 12, 2014

for something different to do....visit maui nui botanical gardens......native and endemic plants planted in the landscape .....the also have many workshops you can attend as well as festivals with entertainment , plants and food...a fun place for the whole family at a festival and you can learn something too...

3  Thank norman m
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

I've lived in Wailuku for many years now and often go to the gardens to enjoy the wonderful plants and the serenity you can find there. I just looked at the reviews on Trip Advisor today and was amazed at the comments. I imagine that some of those people came here with preconceived opinions on what Maui Nui Botanical Garden is all about. They want to see colorful flowers from South America, or Indonesia, or Africa. I think they wanted to see tropical flowers from around the world. but, unfortunately for them, that is not the purpose of this garden.

These gardens are planted only (with a few exceptions that the staff can't do anything about) with native Hawaiian plants and plants that were brought over in ancient Polynesian canoes. These are wonderful plants to look at but understand that these gardens are specifically intended to show what types of plants grew in costal areas of Hawaii. This is not to say that there are no flowers. There are. But they are not the showy kind found in many other places around the world.

There are a number of ways that you can get a better appreciation for these gardens. There is a colorful brochure that costs $4 that you can refer to as you walk around the garden. There is also an audio guide available for rent for $5. However, the best way to see the gardens, in my opinion, is to take a tour. There are several docents who have an incredible amount of knowledge about native plants and love to guide people and answer all of their questions. There is a requested $10 donation for this, but it is well worth it.

I would also like to address and correct some of the comments from other reviewers.

1. You do not have to park on the street. There is a HUGE parking lot right across the street capable of handling several thousand cars. You CANNOT miss this lot. I guess walking across the street is just too difficult for some people.

2. YES, there are bathrooms and have always been bathrooms. They are located right across for the main offices just as you enter the gardens. They are practically impossible to miss unless you just come in, spend ten minutes here, and walk out with a bad attitude.

3. Many people are under the misconception that there is a lot of rain all over Hawaii. Actually, there are many places that get very little rain including much of the north shore costal areas. These gardens are located in such an area. Thus, the plants that grow here have to be drought tolerant. Because of this, water is kept to a minimum and done as needed.

4. Some people stated that the gardens didn't look well taken care of. I know many of the staff that manage and work at MNBG. Believe me, they are all a dedicated, caring group of people who would like nothing better than to have a world class garden. Unfortunately, there are just not the funds to do everything they would like to do and to pay the increased number of staff necessary to make that happen. These people work very hard every day to create and maintain an area where people can learn about native Hawaiian plants and how and why these plants were important for the original Hawaiian culture.

These gardens also are leaders in reintroducing local residents to the benefits of using native plants in their personal gardens and conducting classes in Hawaiian culture. They also have plant sales with plants that are grown in the onsite nursery and give away a thousand native plants every Arbor Day. Please come and visit Maui Nui Botanical Garden and plan on staying more than ten minutes. You'll be very glad you did.

5  Thank Mauigirl808
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

A small but beautiful tropical garden. Many plants and birds in the garden. We did a walking tour on our own. The garden is free worth a stop in, a nice walk and a good way to spend an hour or so.

1  Thank MandJVacay
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

My wife and I visited the Garden a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. We toured it on our own, and the Walking Tour brochure made it easy to identify the plants. We loved the layout of the Garden. As a special bonus, I enjoyed seeing several birds that I had not often seen near our condo in Kihei - red cardinal, red-crested cardinal, java sparrow, cattle egret and others. Highly recommend this place.
Trevor Jones, Vancouver, BC

1  Thank Hughena J
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We visited Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in mid-November. For those interested in the particular selection of plants the garden specializes in, it is quite a remarkable facility. We have visited many botanical gardens, including ones in the Caribbean, and Canary Islands, and this one compares quite favorably.. Most of the trees and large shrubs are well-marked with common and scientific names. Major walkways are paved for accessibility. Parking is handy along the street and in a large paved lot across the street. Their website gave helpful information about the facility and how to get there. Their mix of community iprograms, volunteer opportunities,and minimal staff with some governmental support appears to be an excellent model of maximizing the impact of public dollars.

Thank MickandWillie
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