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
We accept all major credit cards and electronic forms of payment.
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)!
Coming from Hilo
At about 7 miles north of Hilo, turn right at the large blue highway sign that says “Scenic Route” on the right side of the road. About 2 miles down on the left is our Visitor Center and parking lot.
Coming from Kona
Travel south on Route 19 along the Hamakua Coast until you pass the 8 mile marker. Look for the blinking yellow light with a sign that says “Old Mamalahoa Hwy” on the right side of the road. Make the next left onto the Scenic Route. About 1.5 miles on the right is our Visitor Center and parking lot.
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.
Don’t worry if you forgot anything our Visitor Center has, water, ponchos, insect repellent, plus souvenirs and gifts.
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.