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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

P.O. Box 1053
Captain Cook, Hawai'i 96704
Telephone: (808) 323-3318
Fax: (808) 323-2394
Peter Van Dyke, Manager

Located in Captain Cook, 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona at mile marker 110

A part of Bishop Museum, the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden focuses on the traditional Native Hawaiian uses of plants and land, and on the conservation of that plant material. This 12 acre garden includes a 5 acre remnant of the prehistoric agricultural Kona field system of the ahupua'a of Kealakekua. The garden layout illustrates the four vegetation zones utilized by Hawaiians in the Kona region: coastal, lowland dry forest, food and fiber crops, and upland forest. Feature collections include banana, Hawaiian economic plants, native Hawaiian plants, sugarcane, and taro. The garden is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday for self-guided tours. There is no charge for self-guided tours. Guided tours are available on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 p.m.; there is a $5.00 charge for these tours. Guided tours are also available at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month and a donation is requested for these tours.


Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden

27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway
P.O. Box 80
Papa'ikou, Hawai'i 96781
Telephone: (808) 964-5233
Fax: (808) 964-1338
Dan J. Lutkenhouse, Founder

Located at Onomea Bay, 8 1/2 miles north of Hilo on the four mile Scenic Route

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a private, non-profit organization. Located in a valley on Onomea Bay, the natural setting of this garden enhances its collections of tropical plants from throughout the world. The special collections include aroids, gingers and heliconias, marantas, orchids, and palms. In addition to the plant and bird collections, the garden trails provide access to waterfalls, streams and scenic coastline. The garden is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last admission to the Garden is at 4:00 p.m. The admission fee is $15.00 for adults; children aged 6 to16 are $5.00; children 5 and under are free. Tours are self-guided and maps are provided.


Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden

HCR 2, Box 9620
Kea'au, Hawai'i 96749
Telephone: (808) 966-6126
Fax: (808) 966-9775 Email:

At Kea`au, turn onto Highway 130, toward Pahoa; 6 miles after Kea'au, turn towards the ocean on Paradise Drive. About 4 miles later, turn left on 2nd Street (also called Aloe); the garden is on the ocean side of the street after 0.4 miles

Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden is 20 miles from Hilo. This 1 acre garden contains 80 species of Hawaiian plants, including endangered medicinal plants from Hawaii and other tropical areas. The garden is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tours are available during those hours or by appointment. Self-paced audio tours are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and children. Fully guided tours are $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors and children.


Hilo Tropical Gardens

1477 Kalanianaole Avenue
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Telephone: 1-800-278-8005

Located a mile from Hilo Harbor on the way to King's Landing; 1/4 mile from Onekahakaha Beach Park

Hilo Tropical Gardens was established in 1948 by En Loy Kong. The plantings in this 2 acre garden feature orchids, anthuriums, and other tropical ornamental plants. The garden is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (closed Thursday and Sunday) from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tours are self-guided; all pathways are paved and are wheelchair accessible. Entrance fee of $2.00 per person; there is no charge for children under 12 years old.


Manuka State Wayside Park

Office Contact:
75 Aupuni Street #204
Hilo, Hawai'i 96721
Telephone: (808) 974-6200

Located on Route 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) approximately 19 miles west of Na'alehu and 41 miles south of Kona

Surrounded by the South Kona Forest Reserve, this park includes a 13.4 acre arboretum that was planted in the mid-19th century. The arboretum includes both native and introduced plants. The park serves as an access point to trails in the reserve. It has restrooms and picnic tables, but drinking water is not available.


Nani Mau Gardens

421 Makalika Street
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Telephone: (808) 959-3500
Fax: (808) 959-3501

Located 3 miles south of the Hilo Airport on Highway 11; the "Aloha" landscaped logo marks the turnoff onto Makalika Street

This 20-acre garden features anthuriums, orchids, native Hawaiian plants, manicured floral gardens, and a water garden. There is also a botanical museum on the grounds. The garden is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; the museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The admission fee is $7.50; no admission charge for children under 6 years old. Discounts are available for seniors, children and Big Island residents. Tram rides, which include a narrated tour of the garden, are available for an additional $5.00 fee; a minimum of 5 passengers is required.


Pua Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden

P.O. Box 44555
10 Ala Kahua
Kawaihae, Hawai'i 96743
Telephone: (808) 882-0888

Located off Highway 270 on Ala Kahua Drive (Kohala Estates) just north of Kawaihae. Turn at the 6 mile marker and go 1/2 mile up the hill to the gate at a lava rock wall

Pua Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden opened in October 2000. It is a 45 acre desert garden and a major focus of the garden is the use of ever-blooming woody plants in an arid Hawaiian environment. The garden features a "hibiscus maze" with over 200 different varieties of hibiscus as well as spectacular views. The plants are marked and an information booklet with plant names and descriptions is available. Garden hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday, except holidays. Self guided tours are available. Recommended donations are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children, and $7.00 for seniors.


Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens

Kona Outdoor Circle Educational Center and Botanical Gardens 76-6280 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740
Telephone: (808) 329-7286
Fax: (808) 334-9646

Located on the ocean side of the intersection of Queen Ka'ahumanu and Kuakini Highways; turn onto Kuakini Highway; keep to left side and head toward the "Stop" sign; continue to the left on what seems to be a frontage access road and the Kona Outdoor Circle Educational Center will be on the right.

The Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens are located on the grounds of the Kona Outdoor Circle Education Center and feature the cultivated plants of Hawai'i. The plants in this 1.5 acre garden are arranged according to their native region of the world with each region on a separate terrace. In addition to the gardens, the educational center site includes a horticultural library and Kealakowa'a Heiau. The gardens are open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admission is free. Tours are self-guided, but groups of 10 or more may request a free docent tour by calling the office in advance.


University of Hawai'i at Hilo Botanical Gardens

University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720-4091
Telephone: (808) 974-6200

Located near the upper entrance to the campus on Lanikaula Street and across the street form the Church of the Holy Cross

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo Botanical Gardens include one of the largest and most complete collections of cycads in the State of Hawai'i. Many species can be seen in cone the year round. The gardens also include a collection of world-wide palms including a near complete collection of endemic loulu palms (Pritchardia sp.). The gardens are open daily to the public for self guided tours or you may email Don Hemmes, Professor of Biology, for a personal or group guided tour.


World Botanical Gardens

P.O. Box 411
Honomu, Hawai'i 96728
Telephone: (808) 963-5427
Fax: (808)964-5530
Walter Wagner, Founder and Director

Located north of Hilo in Umauma, 1/2 mile off Highway 19, near mile marker 16

World Botanical Gardens has been open since July 1995 and contains more than 5,000 plant species. Major features include a rainforest walk and Umauma Falls, a 3-tiered 300 foot waterfall. The visitor center is currently under construction. The gardens are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed on Sundays. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for teens. There is no admission charge for children 12 and under.





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