Of the botanical gardens we've been through in Hawaii this May be the best developed. It is free, and has paved roads throughout. It is a little off the beaten track being at the end of a residential street. It is about a mile from the gate to the vistors center. The visitors center has rest rooms and an information center. From there you will find a paved trail that will take you most of the way to the lake. It was a bit muddy the day we were there so we didn't walk all the way to the water but there is a nice opened grassy area just above the lake.
The diverse platings are well marked and beautiful. The park is huge, 400 acres. You can drive from area to area with parking at each stop. The only concern was that in two of the lots we found apparently homeless people emptying out and reorganizing their vehicles. My female companions were uncomfortable with this and wanted to move on. No one was threatening but, if this is common, it could be a concern for some.
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