Famous Gardens in Hawaii
Native species of plants, flowers, shrubbery and aquatic life can be seen through vast expanses of gardens peppered all over Hawaii. Visiting all the famous gardens of Hawaii is a fun way to explore the beauty and nature of this great state. Check out a few of the more popular gardens here.
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Dubbed the “Garden in a Valley on the Ocean” this lush Big Island garden consists of a museum of living tropical plants representing more than 2,000 species, 125 families and 750 genera. It spans 40 acres, and because it’s in a valley, the area acts as a natural greenhouse protected from tradewinds and abounding in fertile volcanic soil. Follow a variety of nature trails and meander through the rainforest, where you’ll hear babbling brooks, take photos of majestic waterfalls and be treated to the vast ocean landscape that is the Pacific coast.
Na `Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
Located at 4101 Wailapa Rd. in Kilauea, this garden means “Lands by the Sea” in Hawaiian. You’ll witness a unique combination of flora, fauna, land, water and climate, encompassing 240 acres. This living mosaic of 13 different gardens offers a hardwood plantation, a canyon lush with moss and fern, and sandy beach, meadow and views of the mighty Pacific. This estate, which used to be private and not open to the public, features 70 bronze sculptures, representing one of the country’s largest collections.
Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Nestled in a tropical valley on the north shore of Kaua`I, the Makana Mountain looks on proudly in the background overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is named for the Hawaiian phrase “turning hands,” a tribute to ancient Hawaiians who built terraces out of lava rock with their own hands. You can stroll among the plantation-era garden to view invasive and native species, as well as the Limahuli Stream boasting lush indigenous marine life. The Limahuli Preserve sits behind the garden, a spot where conservationists and restoration biologists work hard to preserve native species. It was named the best natural botanical garden in the country by American Horticultural Society thanks to its sound environmental practices.
This 30-acre Japanese garden was named after Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. Located on Banyan Drive in Hilo, this meticulously manicured park has quaint red bridges that span koi fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse. Get peaceful views from here, a perfect place to bring the family.
Located between the Pacific Ocean and the McBryde Garden in Kaua`i offers a series of garden rooms including L?wa`i Stream and the Valley cliffs. From natural pools to miniature waterfalls, all punctuated by European-inspired statues, you’ll appreciate the majestic rainforest trees, bamboo grove, flower garden, and tropical fruit trees. This is one of the best in terms of landscape design!
Make your way to any of these gardens, and many more throughout Hawaii for an inspiring afternoon. Hoku Hawaii Tours can complement your stay with one of many excursions and tours in Oahu.