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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
Verified
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
Verified
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
Verified
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
Verified
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!

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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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👀 POV: when you see HTBG’s orchid collection.

📖 Over a hundred varieties of orchids from subtropical and tropical parts of the world.

🔎 From common household orchids to very rare orchids, you’ll spot many different colors, shapes and sizes blooming through out the Garden.

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📖 5 Plant Families of the Garden: Anthurium

🍃 The Garden carries a wide variety of anthuriums — from colorful blooms to big beautiful foliage. Though native to Central and South America, the Garden also carries anthuriums that were cross bred creating more varities.

👓 Don’t forget to look in, look up, and look everywhere to see HTBG’s diverse collection of anthuriums

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🧠 Did you know that there are five plant families prominently found in the Garden?

📖 The Garden has over 100 varieties of palms from subtropical to tropical areas of the world — from endangered palms to common landscaping addition.

🌴Which palm tree are you always in awe when you see it in person?

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✨GIVEAWAY CONTEST: CLOSED 🛑 ✨

🖼️ Win one of four Garry Palm 8x10 matted prints:
• Amakihi in the Mamane
• Hanging Heliconias #2
• Cattleyas
• Apapane & I’iwi

⏰ Starting April 26 at 12 PM HST, take our quiz on our story and be entered to win one of these amazing prints!

📝 Quiz will cover topics from our previous posts: Red Hibiscus, Loulu Palm, Kahali’i Fishing Village, Laua’e and Ki’i of Ku.

📜 RULES:
Contest starts on Friday, April 26, 2024 at noon, 12 PM HST and ends on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11:59 AM HST. Participants must follow @hawaiitropicalbotanical and reside in the U.S. to participate. One correct answer is one entry into the prize drawing.

#nativehawaiianplantmonth #hawaiitropicalbotanical #contest #contestgiveaways ##kiiofku #kokioulaula #redhibiscus #canoeplants #htbg #tiplants #cordyline #colocasiaesculenta #taro #hibiscus #tropicalplants #tropicalbotanicalgarden #onomeabay #botanicalgarden #botanics #ferns #hawaiianferns #bigisland #bigislandhawaii #onomea
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⚒️ The Ki’i of Kū was made by local artist William (Rocky) Vargas from an 80 year old Monkeypod Tree that grew in the Garden.

🪴 It is surrounded by many different species of Cordyline (ti plants), Colocasia esculenta (taro), and other cultural plants such as, Nephrolepis cordifolia (kupukupu) and Hibiscus brackenridgei (maʻo hau hele).

👀 Look up, look in, and look around to spot more canoe plants throughout the Garden.

🎶 Lahaina Luna by Makaha Sons. We do not own rights to this music.

#nativehawaiianplantmonth #hawaiitropicalbotanical #kiiofku #kugodofwar #canoeplants #htbg #tiplants #cordyline #colocasiaesculenta #taro #hibiscus #maohauhele #nephrolepiscordifolia #kupukupu #ferns #tropicalplants #tropicalbotanicalgarden #onomeabay #botanicalgarden #botanics #ferns #hawaiianferns #bigisland #bigislandhawaii #onomea
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🌱 #FernFriday: Nephrolepis cordifolia or Kupukupu

📕 The Nephrolepis cordifolia or Kupukupu symbolizes growth and knowledge for Native Hawaiians. Often used to decorate hula altars and in lei making.

🪴 This fern is usually found spread out across the surface of the dirt or crawling up trees or tree ferns.

🎶 Punaiki’Ea by Makaha Sons. We do not own rights to this music.

#nativehawaiianplantmonth #hawaiitropicalbotanical #fernfriday #htbg #nephrolepiscordifolia #kupukupu #ferns #tropicalbotanicalgarden #onomeabay #botanicalgarden #botanics #ferns #hawaiianferns #bigisland #bigislandhawaii #onomea
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🐟 Once the site of Kahali’i, a Native Hawaiian fishing village, it is now part of the Garden.

🍈 Today, this area is a recreation of the terraces used to plant taros, bananas and other fruits and vegetables needed to sustain the village.

🎶 Hopoe by Makaha Sons. We do not own rights to this music.

#nativehawaiianplantmonth #hawaiitropicalbotanical #htbg #fishingvillage #nativehawaiianfishingvillage #kahaliifishingvillage #history #onomeabay #bigisland
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🔍 Pritchardia schattaueri or Schattauer’s Loulu

🌴 There are 26 species of Pritchardia in the Palm family of which 23 are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.

📖 Named after George Schattaeur, who discovered this palm, only a dozen is left in the wild on the South Kona side, of the island of Hawai’i

🎶 Ala Pikake by Makaha Sons. We do not own rights to this music.

#nativehawaiianplantmonth #hawaiitropicalbotanical #htbg #loulu #loulupalm #pritchardia #pritchardiaschattaueri #hawaiitropicalbotanicalgarden #botanicalgarden #hawaii #bigislandhawaii #botanical #gardensofhawaii #hawaiiisland
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🌺 Hibiscus kokio or the Koki’o ‘Ula’ula: Red Hibiscus.

⛰️ Growing between 150 to 2,000 ft elevation in moist habitats, this endangered species thrives in the Garden near Onomea Stream.

🎶 Na Kanaka Holo Lio by Makaha Sons. We do not own rights to this music.

#nativehawaiianplantmonth #hawaiitropicalbotanical #htbg #kokioulaula #redhibiscus #hibiscus #hawaiitropicalbotanicalgarden #botanicalgarden #hawaii #bigislandhawaii #botanical #gardensofhawaii #hawaiiisland #botanical #botanics #botany #hibiscuskokio
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