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Big Island Sights

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

  • 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy. Map It
  • Papaikou
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 01/06/2014

Fodor's Review

Eight miles north of Hilo, stunning coastline views appear around each curve of the 4-mile scenic jungle drive that accesses this privately owned nature preserve beside Onomea Bay. Paved pathways in the 17-acre botanical garden lead past ponds, waterfalls, and more than 2,000 species of plants and flowers, including palms, bromeliads, ginger, heliconia, orchids, and ornamentals.

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27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., Papaikou, Hawaii, 96781, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $15
  • Daily 9–4

Updated 01/06/2014


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Nov 21, 2010

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Review

I hope people consider the source when reading online reviews. The Botanical Gardens are a 30+ year labor of love from a single couple, who took a garbage dump site, cleaned it up with their own money and turned it into a living paradise in the middle of truly astonishing Hawaiian rainforest.

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May 20, 2010

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Review

Do not support the Hawaii Tropical 'Botanical Garden' with your money. This garden is responsible for many invasive plant introductions to the Big Island. Miconia trees all along the paths help bring to your attention the lack of native preservation this private gardens has towards the landscape. I especially disliked the parrots being housed in mosquito infested cages! Very heart breaking. The staff is very unhappy and do not ask for the kama`aina

rate unless you look like a Hawai`ian.

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By Ernie

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Jan 18, 2004

An awesome display of hundreds of plants and trees...

Better than any garden you will ever see on the mainland. Make sure you put on the mosquito spray "OFF" at the entrance. Not a lot of big mosquitos but a few bothersome ones. A cheap and worthwhile couple of hours!

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