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Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
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Spiritual Hawaiian Culture Tour from Honolulu
Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Kaneohe
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Owner description: A 200 acre botanical garden.
Rochester, NY
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2014

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.

Visited February 2014
4 Thank Diner_Mike
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Sf Bay Area
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59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Very peaceful!”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is a real gem! I never expected such an expansive area to be dedicated to showcasing beautiful foliage and exotic plants. It's very easy to drive around the garden. It has such a peaceful feeling to it. If anyone ever needs to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, this has to be one perfect place to seek calm and peace. Do not miss when you are in the area.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank applied1
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Anchorage, Alaska
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104 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A beautiful drive”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

A very beautiful drive through paradise. Not a whole lot of flowers in January, but the trees and plants are still worth the short time it takes to drive through this garden. It's a paved road with beautiful scenery the entire way. Look to the mountains and you can see waterfalls during the rainy season. Be aware that the gate closes at 4:00 PM so be sure to arrive no later than 3:00 pm if you want to see the entire garden without a rush.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank johnellisak
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San Diego, CA
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Lovely gardens”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Arrived just at one of the 2 hour botanical walk tours (free) was being given, and learned so much about the plants, their uses by the Hawaiian natives, and about how the gardens were developed. Good for a day when the beach is not right for you. Wear mosquito repellant.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank KLD101
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Sacramento, California
Level 6 Contributor
255 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Not the most organized BG, but worth a visit”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

I think of this more as an arboretum than a botanical garden. There was only a small organized botanical display, the rest was naturalized area with plants from different parts of the world. The paths are unpaved and often unimproved, so you'll likely get muddy. The overlook is worthwhile, as is the view from the opposite side of the lake. Free admission and decent parking.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank micchio
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