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“See the scenic, preserved, historic land similar to the experience of early Polynesians.”

Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens
Ranked #21 of 40 things to do in Kaneohe
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Owner description: This garden has five main areas on a 725 acre property.
Reviewed July 17, 2012

The plantation and gardens guided nature walk is now given in an eco-tour style with emphasis on touching and smelling the bushes, nuts, fruits, trees and flowers along the way. Our tour guide, Joan, was very knowledgeable, showing our small group of four the flora, their names, medicinal purposes, and interesting facts. For example, the Traveler’s Tree stems' casings hold rainwater providing an emergency drinking supply. Also, its’ fan shaped leaves grow in an east-west line which travelers can use as a compass. There are so many different species of plants that I thank Patsy Fong for helping to identify them in our photographs.

The flourishing gardens are lovely and reminded me of an enchanted forest. With all of the surrounding natural beauty it is easy to understand why people have special events on the grounds. We had numerous photo opportunities, particularly on a plateau overlooking the ocean. The orchards were well maintained and our guide picked fresh, delicious lychees for us to eat during the tour.

I would have liked to have bought some lychees, postcards and a souvenir, but the fruit stands, drink concessions and gift shop are permanently closed. Tours are no longer offered on Saturday. Cash is the ONLY form of payment accepted for the nature walks and lei making instruction.

Lei making class is still offered every day, except Christmas and New Years. There is plenty of free parking in front of the open-air visitor’s center and bathrooms are located inside.

We felt the price of $14.50, per adult, was well spent considering the money goes to perpetuate this once royal, still pristine land as part of Hawaiian history and heritage. Inspired by the dazzling gardens and plantation during an easy, 90 minute hike of one mile, we had a great time.

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Reviewed October 12, 2010

Several guidebooks described these grounds in a positive way. Too bad Senator Fong is no longer around. For $14.50 per adult the guided tour was very haphazard and the grounds are in desperate need of many more hands to care for them. I would not recommend this attraction.

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Reviewed June 7, 2009

I went to Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens expecting to be able to tour garden by myself, but they only have guided tours at certain times of the day. We had already missed the first tour of the day and did not feel like waiting for the other (So make sure you arrive at the correct time for a tour) BUT the drive was not a waste because they had lei making! It cost around $8 or so to make a lei with fresh flowers picked from their garden and you can participate in it at any time. The woman who worked there was very helpful, informative and entertaining as she taught us about the flowers we were using and how to make the lei. Making the lei was fun and very relaxing. I made a really beautiful lei all by myself at a fraction of what the lei would have cost from a store. Making the lei felt like an authentic Hawaiian experience and I would recommend it to anyone!

2  Thank MiMi0890
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Reviewed October 7, 2008

I'm so glad I decided to stop here, as I had a wonderful private tour. It is located in Kaneohe with the Ko'olau Mountains in the background. They conduct walking tours twice per day. I arrived in time for the 10:30am tour and I was the only person. I was given a choice-- we could do the traditional 1 mile loop walking tour or we could take the guide's car and go farther around the property. We ended up taking the car and I was given a spectacular tour. The guide spoke extensively about the various plants, trees and birds that we passed and harvested fresh flowers and fruits from the trees. We had the opportunity to sample guava, star fruit and meyer lemons. It was very lush and verdant and there are so many varieties of beautiful plants within the different sections of the property. There is a nice view of the ocean from one of the plateaus as well. I can highly recommend this tour if you like garden tours or are interested in learning about different types of plants.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013
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