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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

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Address: 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
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+1 808-964-5233
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and...

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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More than a garden

My husband and I found this gem 9 years ago and we make it a must stop when we visit the island. This was our 3rd visit. The tropical plants are amazing and the views of the... read more

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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I found this gem 9 years ago and we make it a must stop when we visit the island. This was our 3rd visit. The tropical plants are amazing and the views of the waterfalls and ocean are to die for. I highly recommend making this a must stop. Once you are done make sure to stop... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The botanical gardens offer a wide array of tropical plants from around the world. Nice signage identifies the majority of plants. The garden is a rather steep drop down in its decent, something to be aware of if you have bad knees. Conversely it's a zesty climb back up from the bottom of the garden that abuts the bay. Bring... More 

Thank Suzy S
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

T.he tropical plants are simply amazing the setting is perfect. There are streams, waterfalls and crashing waves of the ocean. Allow at least 2 hours to absorb this superb garden. It is worth every bit of the $18.00 admission

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The bad thing: the golf carts. While it is wonderful that they are able to help people with limited mobility enjoy the garden, it was really a pain to have to keep stepping to the side and hear the noise. But other than that, this place is magnificent - lush gardens, incomparable views, orchids galore and the risk of falling... More 

Thank Shouldercat
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When I think botanical garden I think of manicured lawns with flowers and greenhouses. Fortunately, this is not that. This is truly an amazing area with numerous exotic trees, plants and flowers after the next in a very lush and naturalistic setting (despite the paved walkway). After making your way through these tropical wonders you are rewarded with a beautiful... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is actually for anyone who is visiting the island and who wants to get a sense of all the magical plants, trees, orchids, and bushes that are grown here. I live on this island and make a point of taking my visiting family and friends here because of its variety, beauty, and very different nature.

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orange county
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

At first glance it didn't look like much, but we were soo surprised! The visit was WELL worth it. It's a beautiful garden that contains the most magical view of the cliffs, rocks, blow hole, and ocean...if you can make it down the trail. Most people were in the older age bracket and "tapped out" at marker #14 by asking... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic time at the Botanical Garden today! A few things to note: -One, be prepared for one heck of a walk down. There were points that were at "extreme" angles so be cautioned that the decent is quite steep. -Two, while it is awesome that you want to bring your children along to show them true beauty, you... More 

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Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not usually a fan of botanical gardens, and there are many good places to see plants on the Big Island, so I was skeptical when my friends said she really wanted to pay to visit this. I was wrong. It is a pleasant way to spend 60-90 minutes. It is very hilly and can be very hot. It is... More 

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Fairfax Station VA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for my wife, but ended up loving it myself! This place has such a concentration of sites it overwhelms it a great way. Yes there are beautiful flowers, but the combination of flowers, plants, trees, waterfalls, birds, and ocean views makes for a great visit. If you're military, ask for the military discount. If you aren't as... More 

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