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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

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Address: 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
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+1 808-964-5233
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and...

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) Scientific and Educational non-profit, whose mission is to serve as a nature preserve and sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world. The Garden is dedicated to the collection and display of the world's tropical plants,and to the education of both children and adults about the plight of the world's rainforests. At a time when rainforest plants are disappearing at an alarming rate, the Garden is working to preserve as many species as possible for the benefit of future generations.

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A walk thru orchid flower haven!

This was beautiful, you could stroll thru this garden. There was so many beautiful flowers 🌺 to see. I think I would do this garden again next time we r on the island. The exotic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Dixon, Illinois
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Dixon, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was beautiful, you could stroll thru this garden. There was so many beautiful flowers 🌺 to see. I think I would do this garden again next time we r on the island. The exotic birds were awesome, they talked to us several times! If you want a break from the beach this is a nice change!

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great stop to see beautiful tropical plants and waterfalls. Lots of orchids. The waterfalls and Ocean views are lovely.

Thank Retiredhappy15
Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you like flowers and you like orchids, this is a place to not be missed. We lucked out on the day with high overcast and some sun, no mosquitoes, and few visitors. The variety of orchids was amazing, the different foliage, the view of the ocean bay, and the paved walking trails a delight. Some of the paths are... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful botanical garden with a waterfall, lovely ocean view and plants galore. Friendly staff pointed out a few things we would have missed because we didn't know to look. A great place to see not only Hawaiian flora, but other plants from around the world. Well worth the $15 admission fee.

Thank NJLady561
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW, the History, the Beauty, the Peacefulness! This is a must see while you are in Hilo. The Garden is like no other. Take your time and read everything. It's simply Amazing!

Thank Janet B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They need to figure out a more practical way to get individuals with difficulties up the ramp on exiting. Their solution is a golf cart ride that you have to pay for. First hopefully there is a golf cart available, and second hope the golf cart operator has change. Both seem difficult for this attraction to arrange. Personally, for the... More 

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Hawaii_Trop, General Manager at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Aloha Kerrydj, Our golf carts are always available. There may have been a delay due to the volume of requests and high traffic on the boardwalk. Apologies if that was the case. Our golf cart drivers do not have change to give because golf cart service is paid for inside the gift shop. For those with wheelchairs or walkers, the... More 

Cheshire, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is worth the stop. Be sure to take your map and follow the numbers in order because you don't want to miss any of this garden. This well maintained garden has tropical flowers from around the world that are planted on a hill side and along the ocean. There are signs everywhere explaining all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide knew how to provide you with an optical illusion that made it look like the mountains were crawling upwards. Stunning beauty.

Thank Celeste M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All staff were incredibly rude, starting with the lady who soldiers the ticket, the man at the gate and then the man in the golf cart who forced out a "thank you" for us twice to moving out of way just after nearly running us over. Good view to the ocean/rocks but not worth the $15 entry fee. Up the... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing collection of tropical plants including many orchids and other beautiful flowers. Spectacular collection of ginger and ti. Well designed and full of helpful signage

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