Narrow Limahuli Valley, with its fluted mountain peaks and ancient stone taro terraces, creates an unparalleled setting for this botanical garden and nature preserve. Dedicated to protecting native plants and unusual varieties of taro, it represents the principles of conservation and stewardship held by its founder, Charles "Chipper" Wichman. Limahuli's priomordial beauty and strong mana (spiritual power) eclipse the extensive botanical collection. It's one of the
most gorgeous spots on Kauai and the crown jewel of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, which Wichman now heads. Call ahead to reserve a guided tour, or tour on your own. Be sure to check out the quality gift shop and revolutionary compost toilet, and be prepared to walk a somewhat steep hillside.
Rte. 560, Haena, Hawaii, 96714, USA
Jul 18, 2005
This is a "Natural" Botanical garden (i.e. don't expect a formal garden style). We took the guided tour which the whole family enjoyed (12 & 15 yr. olds + grandma). We learned about the history of plants on Kauai and some colorful folklore. The booklet for the self-guided tour was included, and it is well-written. I think I will do the self-guided tour next time so I can linger in the parts that interest me the most. The hike was easy. It would only
be a problem for people who can't climb well, as there are many steps up and down the hill. This is taken at an easy pace with many stops, and there are water stations, so you don't need to bring a water bottle. Limahuli stream is among the most pristine streams in all of Hawaii, and it is very beautiful. The stream alone makes the trip worthwhile.