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Garden Hours

Hawaii Tropical Garden GateThe Garden is open from 9am to 5pm everyday, except Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, with Garden admissions ending at 4pm. This self-guided tour takes an average of about an hour and a half. The walking distance is just over a mile, round trip.

Admission for a day is $20 for adults, children ages 6 - 16 are $5. Children under 6 are free.

For yearly and lifetime passes please visit our membership page.

Golf Cart Assistance

Due to storm repairs we are temporarily unable to provide golf cart rides down into the valley.

Visitors walk the 500 foot dramatic, beautifully landscaped boardwalk down into the Garden on the ocean. This boardwalk alone is a photographer's paradise that should not be missed.

The boardwalk is not wheelchair accessible. The Garden provides golf carts to transport wheelchair-bound visitors with their companion and their wheelchairs up and down the boardwalk. Once you've exited the boardwalk, you may use your wheelchair through most of the Garden. Only non-electric wheelchairs are permitted entry into the Garden.

For a $10 per person fee, Golf Cart assistance can be provided to those visitors that are not wheelchair-bound but otherwise physically limited.

To preserve the serenity and non-pollution of this beautiful garden we discourage the use of golf carts on the boardwalk unless absolutely necessary.

How To Get To The Garden

Hawaii MapFrom Hilo: The Garden is located about 7 miles north of Hilo. Take Route 19. Just after mile marker 7, turn right at large blue highway sign on the right saying "Scenic Route." About 2 miles on the left is our Vistor Center. Register inside.

From Kona: Follow Route 19 to the Hamakua Coast until you pass the 8 mile marker. Look for the blinking yellow light with sign on the right saying "Old Mamalahoa Hwy." Make the next left onto the Scenic Route. About 1.5 miles on the right is our Visitor Center. Register inside.

Driving time from Kailua, Kona is at least three hours. Please keep this in mind when planning your visit as our last entry into the Garden is at 4pm.

for Road Closures and Other Info.

Not up for driving from Kona? Leave the Driving to Kapaho Kine and see all the best of East Hawaii including the Garden with Kapoho Kine's Waipio Valley Explorer Tour. See us on Goolge Maps

For those using GPS, our physical address is 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou, Hi 96781.

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Send Tropical Flower Bouquets
Tropical Flower Bouquet

Our bouquets are absolutely stunning! Packed and shipped the same day the're cut, our tropical flowers will arrive freshly boxed and ready to arrange. Your satisfaction with Garden Flowers is 100% guaranteed.

Buy the Garden Book
Garden Book

Includes full color photographs, partial plant list, and history of Onomea Valley

Become a Member

All Members are admitted to the Garden free of charge for the duration of their membership term. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed toward preserving a garden of rare natural beauty and supporting an educational institution for the benefit of our future generations. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Corporate Donations and Matching Programs with Benevity

The Garden is registered with Benevity, the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and integrated grant management solutions. Some of the world's most iconic brands rely on Benevity's award-winning solutions to power their Goodness Programs and corporate philanthropy, helping them attract, retain and engage today's workers by connecting people personally to causes that matter to them.

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