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Our mission is inspiring all people to live in unison with our planet through inclusive education focused on diverse ecosystems. With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as our guide, we are here to steward the relationship between people + ocean + people. Learn more about how you can support HTBG today.

Testimonials

Dale-icious
Dale-icious
September 18, 2023
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A stunning beautifully designed garden... We visited Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden during a visit to Hawaii as part of a 16-night Hawaiian cruise. It quickly became one of the highlights of our trip. A stunning beautifully designed garden and bio-reserve with unique and rare flora and many places to sit and enjoy the views of the sea or the grounds. This would be a great place for families too, as there's a lot of opportunities for children to learn and enjoy from the interesting informative signage dotted throughout the property. It's worth noting that there is a steep path leading to and from the property due to the nature of the land. Although much of the grounds are wheelchair accessible, this gradient is tough on the return back up; however there are places to stop and catch your breath.
Crane R
Crane R
August 27, 2023
Verified
An AMAZING garden, must visit A really well-designed garden with an astounding array of tropical plants. Its not that big but one can easily spend hours there. And there really are mosquitos (we should have gotten the bug dope they suggested, our bad).
KhmerloveTravels
KhmerloveTravels
August 25, 2023
Verified
Worth the drive from Kona! This botanical garden is amazing. Everything is labeled. It's beauitful, and there's a lot to see. We were a senior, a couple, and a toddler when we visited.
Autumn M
Autumn M
August 22, 2023
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This is a must do The walk does have some incline and decline, so wear sneakers. The gardens are breathtaking. The ocean views are wonderful. The unique plants and flowers are beautiful. I definitely recommend this place. Make sure you bring a ton of bug spray and water. The mosquitos were insane.
Elms4
Elms4
August 19, 2023
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Beautiful plants/trees/flowers and views! I grew up on the Big Island and saw plants that I have never seen before Also saw trees that - I did not know could grow so tall! Who new ferns (hapu) and guava trees grew that tall! Aside from the beautiful plants and flowers, there was a waterfall and the ocean to admire. Take time to read the story of how the bioreserve came to being - it's an amazing story. The walk is down a steep slope - you're walking down a valley to the ocean and you do have to walk up that same slope.
Carene O
Carene O
August 17, 2023
Verified
Visit on a sunny day A true highlight of our trip to Hawaii. Absolutely stunning! The weather was perfect - to be honest I would not have wanted to be on that little back road trying to find this place in the rain. Boardwalk is steep and would be slippery in the rain, too.
Pearliegirl
Pearliegirl
August 8, 2023
Verified
Must see Most beautiful botanical garden I have ever been to. As others have said, absolutely breathtaking. Plan to spend a couple of Joe’s here.
LAH375
LAH375
August 2, 2023
Verified
Must see if you love tropical plants! This bio reserve was impressive. Even more so when you realize the original owner started clearing it in his late 50's! Everything was so lush; I felt truly immersed in a rainforest. Lots of signs to help you ID the tropical plants and some Hawaiian history/culture mixed in. A must-see for any gardener or tropical plant lover. The walk back up the boardwalk is a challenge, but they have resting benches.
Patrick B
Patrick B
July 31, 2023
Verified
Very nice Certainly worth a visit for their beautiful collection of tropical plants from all over the world and the cool setting. But not as interesting and stunning as the Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kaua’i, which specialises in native plants.

Visit the Garden

The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & 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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👂🏽 Sounds of the Garden: an ASMR walkthrough

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📸 February Garden Highlight: Ornithophora radicans or Gomesa radicans

🌎 Found on the subtropical highlands of Brazil, this miniature orchid blooms twice year with sweet honey fragrance.

🎵 Manoa I Ke Ko’i’ula by Kuana Torres Kahele. We do not own rights to this music.

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📷 February Garden Highlight: Bulbophyllum graveolens or the Robust Cirrhopetalum

👃🏼 With its pungent scent, this epiphytic plant’s main pollinator is the Blow Fly.

🔍 Spot this orchid in the Orchid Garden when visiting the Garden.

🎶 Na Vaqueros by Kuana Torres Kahele. We do not own rights to this music.

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📷 February Garden Highlight: Bulbophyllum Makoyanum or the Daisy Orchid.

🗺️ Found in Southeast Asia, this orchid has flowers with pale yellow outer petals with purple dots halfway down the base.

🎶 No Vaqueros by Kuana Torres Kahele. We do not own rights to this music.

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❤️♥️❣️Happy Valentines Day! Today, weʻre looking into why there are so many red colored flowers and plants.

🔴Many of these flowers were captured throughout the year. Some of these plants only bloom once a year!

🎵Na Vaqueros by Kuana Torres Kahele. We do not own rights to this music.

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🌧️ Hawaii’s heaviest rains come from winter storms between October and April. Expect weather changes as you explore the tropical botanical garden.

🌂 For better experience, plan your visit to HTBG accordingly. Link in bio.

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👀 January Blooming Highlight: Angraecum sesquipedale or Darwin’s Orchid

🔎 Found by Lily Lake, this orchid is endemic to Madagascar.

🎶 No Pueokahi by Na Palapalai. We do not own rights to this music.

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🔍 January Blooming Highlight: Xanthostemon chrysanthus or the Golden Penda.

🚶🏽Spotted by the Boardwalk, the tree is covered with golden flowers during blooming season.

📖 Xanthostemon means Golden Stamen.

🎶 Mai’a Lau Pala by Na Palapalai. We do not own rights to this music.

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🍇 January Blooming Highlight: Medinilla alata lalique or Rose Grape

👀 When it blooms during winter, it has a showy cluster of lavender-blue flower bracts and white blooms.

🎶 Lepe Ula Ula by Na Palapalai. We do not own rights to this music.

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🖼️ January Blooming Highlight: Dendrochilum wenzelii – Pololei Scarlet or Wenzel’s Chain Orchid

👀 Found in the Orchid Garden, this epiphytic plant blooms once a year from late winter to early spring.

🎶 Lepe Ula’ula by Na Palapalai. We do not own rights to this music.

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🎇 May your 2024 be as bright as the Hawai’i sun, as beautiful as the Garden’s flowers, and you be showered with happiness.

📅 HTBG is open on New Year’s Eve from 9 AM to 5 PM with last admission at 4 PM.

🗓️ We are closed on January 1, 2023, New Year’s Day.

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