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The tropical rainforests are the most diverse and breathtaking habitats on Earth. They are this planet’s oldest living ecosystems. The rainforest of HTBG is diverse and complex, home to more than 2,500 species of plants. Join us in our commitment to sustainability and education in rainforest preservation. Learn more about how you can support HTBG today.

Testimonials

KiniGirl1
KiniGirl1
May 2, 2024
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Stunning botanical garden If you love gardens, you don't want to miss this. Beautiful views of the ocean, waterfalls and amazing plants. You walk down from the parking area on boardwalks and paved paths to the coast level. There are beautiful plants for the entire walk. It is a little steep, but there are handrails. The garden is definitely worth the effort.
Traveller_123
Traveller_123
April 3, 2024
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Spectacular ! You don’t want to miss this place even if it’s a long ride to Hilo. Absolutely stunning with unique orchids all over. The views of the ocean are spectacular.
arfield22
arfield22
March 25, 2024
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Mesmerizing & Gorgeous This place is magical. Expensive, but if you love tropical plants or waterfalls or ocean views, it is one of the nicest curated gardens walks on the planet.
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Vacation36959182313
March 25, 2024
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Well worth the price of admission! It’s beautiful This was so worth the price of admission. Beautiful, well kept trails and gardens made this a wonderful way to be outdoors and enjoy nature. The educational signage and maps were very helpful, and the entry staff quite friendly.
REBLMD
REBLMD
March 24, 2024
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Must-see in Hilo Lovely, peaceful, interesting, place. We spent almost 2 hours roaming around and taking pictures. Amazing what the owners created here.
Sarsprdoc
Sarsprdoc
March 22, 2024
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Beautiful but steep climb on return to entrance Well worth it if you don’t have mobility issue although they do have benches to rest on the hill portion. Beautiful flora and well kept with waterfall view and rocky shore view. Glad we stopped and enjoyed the self guided paved walk.
Marion G
Marion G
March 21, 2024
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Amazing Place By Far the Best Botanical Garden I ever visited, lots of different Trails and Gardens,a beautiful Waterfall, Trails also lead down to the Ocean with amazing Views.
Lisa J
Lisa J
March 19, 2024
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden This is one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever been to. It has flowers of corse but it also has shoreline, waterfalls, a koi pond, and a bit of history. If you love orchids this is the place, they have thousands of them, along with other beautiful flowers and very large unusual trees. The shoreline is stunning, you can sit and enjoy and listen to the waves crash on the rocks. My husband usually lets me go through gardens even though he is not so interested, but he really enjoyed it also and I think he took as many pictures as I did. Its all paved or board walks so it is very disabled friendly. They also have a gift shop where you can get water and bug spray, although we did not need any. Maybe the bugs are worse in the summer.
Samantha T
Samantha T
March 13, 2024
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Don’t balk at the price, so worth it! This was the most amazing botanical garden I have ever been to! Beforehand, I wasn’t sure about paying $30 per person but it was well worth it. There was so much to see, we could have spent all day. I was ecstatic to even find pitcher plants, which I was not expecting at all!!
Whythough
Whythough
January 30, 2024
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Beautiful Views and Manageable Walk Absolutely beautiful garden filled with a variety of plant-life. The walk itself is steep at some points but manageable with good walking shoes and some water. Would recommend going in the morning before it begins to get crowded around 11am. Love everything from the waterfalls, ocean-side walk, and fern-circle!

Visit the Garden

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden attracts photographers, gardeners, scientists, and nature lovers from around the world. We offer over a mile of trails lined with thousands of rare and endangered flora from all parts of the globe. It is a magical place where paths and bridges guide you over mountain-fed streams and waterfalls into awe-inspiring views of Onomea Bay along the beautiful Hamakua Coast.

Don’t miss seeing the East side of Hawai’i. It is sure to be the highlight of your adventure!

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👓 Views found in the Garden: Anthurium Corner

👂🏻 Listen to the ocean while sitting on a bench framed by two Deckenia nobilis.

👀 This viewpoint is found hidden in Anthurium Corner.

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👓 Views found in the Garden: Lily Lake

🧘🏼‍♂️ Did you ever sat at Lily Lake and enjoyed the peace and tranquility this area offers?

🌴 Look up & around and you will notice the Garden’s rare and endangered palm collection such as #Phoenicophoriumborsigianum, #Livistonarobinsoniana, and the #Ravelamadagascariensis

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👓 Views found in the Garden: Ocean Vista

🌊 The ocean vista has many benches and picnic tables with views of Onomea Bay.

🐢 This area of the Garden is perfect for spotting sea birds, whale watching, and observing the many different animals that come to the bay.

🥡 Pack a snack or lunch and have a picnic at one of the many benches and picnic tables found in the Garden.

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🎇HOLIDAY CLOSURE: Thursday, July 4, 2024 for Independence Day 🦅 🇺🇸

🔐 In observance of Independence Day, HTBG will be closed. We will reopen on Friday, July 5, 2024 at 9 am.

👉🏼Left to right: Medinilla miniata, Orthosiphon aristatus and Selaginella willdenowii

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🧠 Did you know that were are other pollinators besides bees and butterflies?

🕷️ Spiders, birds and mongooses are the unsung heroes of pollination.

👀 When visiting the Garden, look in, up and around and observe how they pollinate the Garden.

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🏵️ How do Heliconias get pollinated? Heliconias rely exclusively on hummingbirds for pollination.

🛑 There are no hummingbirds on the Hawaiian Islands. Instead, Hawaii’s nectar feeders are the honeycreepers. However, they do not pollinate the heliconias.

🦎 Instead, the Madagascar Day Geckos who are residents of the Garden, happily take on this responsibility.

🧐 When visiting the Garden, take notice of how many Madagascar Day Geckos hang out on heliconias waiting for their next meal.

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🎧 Put your headphones and turn the volume up. Listen to the sounds of nature — the Monarch Butterfly.

🦋 As these butterflies flutter from flower to flower, these monarchs carry pollen fertilizing plants thus creating seeds.

🐛 To bring more Monarchs into the Garden, crown flowers and milkweed are planted in various locations throughout the trails. These varieties of plants are necessary for the growth and repopulation of Monarch Butterflies.
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🐝 Did you know that orchids use different ways to attract specific pollinators?

🦋 Orchids in the Garden are pollinated by butterflies, bees, flies and other insects. They attract their pollinators with their fragrance.

🐞 When visiting the Garden, you might stumble upon insects buzzing around orchids. This means that orchids are in bloom and ready to be pollinated.

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🎊 @hawaiitropicalbotanical celebrated its 40th anniversary on June 1, 2024. 🎊

🌼 Over four decades, the once overgrown Onomea Valley has turned into a 17-acre botanical garden with over 2,500 species of plants from tropical and subtropical parts of the world.

📷 Founder, Dan Lutkenhouse, had an extraordinary vision. It brought nature lovers, botanists, and photographers from all over the world to Onomea Valley.

⏩ We look forward to the next 40 years committed to providing an educational and inspirational outdoor experience for our Guests.

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🧠 Bromeliad’s capability to take their nutrition and moisture from the atmosphere has earned them their nickname “air plants.”

🌎 They are native to South America – they are found in a wide variety of habitats from hot, dry deserts to moist rainforests, to cool mountainous regions.

👀 Don’t forget to look in, look up, and look everywhere to see HTBG’s diverse collection of Bromeliads.

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📖 The Garden has over 100 species of heliconias that the pathways and terraces of the Garden.

🌎 Native to the tropics of the Americas, Heliconias come in variety of colors, shaeps and sizes.

👀 Don’t forget to look in, look up, and look everywhere to see HTBG’s diverse collection of Heliconias.

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