Your reaction the these gardens will all depend on your expectations. IF you go expecting all kinds of dazzling tropical blooms, you will be disappointed. If you go to get away from the hurley burley of Honolulu and enjoy learning about the fascinating varieties of palms and other tropical trees you will have an enjoyable time. There are usually very few visitors so it's peaceful (except for the traffic noise). It's looking a bit run down doubtless due to budget cuts in the municipal government who operate this one and several others in the city. On the other hand, admission is only $5.