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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
+1 808-964-5233
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Really very cool

If you are in reasonable shape this is a super enjoyable garden. So many interesting plants, good... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Carol P
Impressive

This is an example of someone taking on a ridiculously difficult dream, in this case turning a... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
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The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world's tropical plants,and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world's rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations.
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27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

If you are in reasonable shape this is a super enjoyable garden. So many interesting plants, good signage, well thought out design and variety, this garden was one of the highlights of the trip. Even my internet addicted 15 year old nephew was into it!...More

Thank Carol P
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

This is an example of someone taking on a ridiculously difficult dream, in this case turning a junk-filled overgrown valley into a beautiful garden, and succeeding in spectacular fashion. What a triumph! The huge range of plants and the perfect maintenance just have to be...More

Thank plmn
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

We thought this was rather expensive at $18/pp, but we paid it anyway and has a great time. Very beautiful and they show the names of most trees and plants. It is well laid out with wide pathways that take you down to the ocean,...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2017

What a pleasure to tour the botanical gardens and experience all the types of foliage on the Island.

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

Was in line to make a purchase from the gift shop today. The customer ahead of me was using a charge card and had all his purchases rung up on the register. I was holding a $20 cash bill in my hands. When it was...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

We've been to tropical botanic gardens all over the world, but thus far this one has the most exotic plants we've ever seen. Some of them were so foreign to us that we equated them with the other worldly planet of Pandora in the film...More

Thank WanderLust M
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

Lovely gardens, with waterfalls, aviary, and at the very bottom the sea itself. It is a steep path down, but golf carts transport people up and down the steepest part of the pathway.

Thank Di9o
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

My wife and I have been to this lush hideaway three times and plan to visit again, especially if we have "first timers" travelling with us. The views throughout the gardens are magnificent. Caution: be sure to have walking footwear and stay hydrated. It can...More

1  Thank Joseph M
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

From the Port of Hilo, I use the term port of Hilo as I was on a cruise being taken on a tour of this Botanical Garden. It is an incredible little Botanical Garden on a 7 acre plot right near the ocean and what...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

The Botanical Gardens was one stop of many on our Sunday out...This place was AMAZING! My hat goes off to the couple who created this magnificent place. The views especially from the oceanfront are breathtaking. I wasn't expecting the long haul but anyone visiting wear...More

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myounce
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Response from Carol S | Reviewed this property |
$20. They did give a military discount for $15.
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Carol B
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Response from worldismyoyster2015 | Reviewed this property |
We hydroplaned across road to get there due to rainfall and wondered if it was worth it. But after donning rain coats and havaiianas the rain did not detract from experience. Unless you have physical issue that might be... More
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Loretta S
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Response from Bruce B | Reviewed this property |
Your iPhone is more accurate. The road across the island has been updated and makes travel much faster. Use the Senator Inouye Road to cross back and forth from west to east and back. You might want to use this same road... More
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