My sister and I are avid gardeners and thought this was a must see after our sunrise at Haleakula crater. The garden doesn't open until 9am, so we had a lovely breakfast first at the Kula Lodge. The garden was a disappointment because we were expecting something like the botanical garden at Hilo ( whick is a Wow factor of 10). We talked about what was lacking and we both agreed that this is really not a tropical garden because of the altitude. Everything looked like it was deep in a winter sleep and we wondered if it would be better in the summer. The many proteas were a treat, but not much else.
The highlight was when we were snooping around a macadamian nut tree and one of the staff stopped on his cart and found us a nut. He then proceeded to tell us about macadamian nut trees and how to crack on open with a stone.
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