Plan Your Visit

experience the tropics

Hours of Operation


HTBG is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm



Please Note: Last entry into the Garden is at 4pm.



Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and July 4th



  • Adults$25
  • Kama’aina$20 requires valid HI state ID
  • Active Military$20 requires valid ID
  • Children (6-16) $12
  • Kama’aina keiki$10
  • Children (under 6)Free

Kama’aina discounts require a valid Hawaii State ID

We accept all major credit cards and electronic forms of payment.

How to Get Here

Take the Scenic Route!

No matter what part of the island you’re coming from, we encourage you to take the Scenic Route (Old Mamalahoa Rd).

Sometimes, GPS will misdirect you down a dirt road (Old Onomea Rd.) While this route will get you here, it is not recommended since the Scenic Route is easier (and prettier too)!

From Route 19, we are 15 min North of Hilo.

Take Route 19 along the Hamakua Coast and look for the blue Scenic Drive sign between mile markers 10 and 11. On the makai (ocean) side of the highway, turn onto Kulaimano Road. From Kulaimano, take a right onto Old Mamalahoa Rd, known as the Scenic Route. Our Visitor Center is about 1.5 miles on the right.

What to Bring

To make the most of your visit, we suggest you bring the following things:


Sections of our boardwalk are steep and can get slippery. Bring shoes with some grip.


Biodiversity means sharing space with bugs. Practice healthy boundaries by bringing some repellent.


Clear up your memory card and charge your batteries. There are infinite photo opps in the Garden.


While the tree canopy provides great shade in the Garden, the Hawaiian sun is not to be taken lightly. Bring some SPF and make sure it is reef-safe.


It can get hot here in Hawaii so hydration is important. Currently we do not have a bottle fill tap so bring a full water with you to stay hydrated.


Bring some trail snacks or even a light lunch to enjoy at one of our many picnic tables throughout the Garden.


We got you covered!

Don’t worry if you forgot anything our Visitor Center has, water, ponchos, insect repellent, plus souvenirs and gifts.

It does rain in the rainforest!

Walking in the garden on light rain days can also be magical. There is a fairly dense canopy of trees which helps shield the paths. Most important is to bring a good pair of walking shoes, preferably waterproof.


The Boardwalk entry to the Garden is quite steep, with an elevation change of about 100′ over 500′ in length.

Please know your physical limitations before you enter. All Guests must be able to safely navigate the boardwalk on their own.

Mobility assistance devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, or crutches are not permitted.

Walking sticks are acceptable. Strollers must be unoccupied when used on the Boardwalk.