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Pua Mau Place Arboretum & Botanical Garden

10 Ala Kahua, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-0888
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Neglected and hilly

The personality behind the gardens passed away a few years ago and it appears there has been little... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
Quirky with Great Views

At the reception desk, guests are given a one page laminated map of the property as well as... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
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Lush botanical garden on Big Island.
  • Excellent18%
  • Very good27%
  • Average18%
  • Poor25%
  • Terrible12%
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10 Ala Kahua, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-0888
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The personality behind the gardens passed away a few years ago and it appears there has been little investment in the property since. Paths are overgrown and maintenance is minimal. Do not expect a lush tropical garden, this is a dry part of the island....More

Thank besvenan
Reviewed 1 September 2017

At the reception desk, guests are given a one page laminated map of the property as well as detailed verbal instructions. We were told that the self guided walk should take a little over an hour. Customer service was good. Entrance fee was $13 per...More

Thank lucky3578
Reviewed 5 August 2017

If you are going up north, and across Hwy 270, stop at this wonderful private botanical garden. the views are incredible

1  Thank jgssma
Reviewed 23 May 2017

lovely owner, but he gardens were in disarray and not worth the $ for admission.The single turtle that was there looked taken care of but seemed out of place in the middle of the gardens. sad to say I wouldn't go back nor would I...More

Thank Oyakickboxer
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

So not wanting to drive all the way to Hilo from Kona, we decided to hit the closer botanic gardens. First off no one was in the parking lot so we were a little Leary. Then we were greeted by two chiwawas and a incredibly...More

2  Thank leona724
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Gardens needs some TLC. Expensive for the experience although it was a lovely walk. The petroglyph walk was interesting.

Thank hjmacmahon
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We had visited a few years ago and enjoyed it so much we wanted to show it off to our visitors. The creator of the garden has since passed away and it is currently up for sale. It has been terribly neglected. It was truly...More

Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

It has been advertised as an "unusual" Botanical Garden. Well, if you mean a Botanical Garden with almost no flowers, formal gardens or interesting specimens then this is the garden for you. If you like to see living plants then maybe this place is not...More

Thank Travellingsoulottawa
Reviewed 21 December 2016

We had a 2011 guide book which spoke glowingly of Pua Mau. It needs lots of attention and is now (2016) quite sad. You can see it once was magnificent. I hope the owners can successfully sell the property and it can be restored-it is...More

Thank Bronwyn G
Reviewed 23 June 2016

A fun place to visit (just TRY to find the trails on the totally unkempt west side!), but sadly they need some groundskeepers and maintenance very badly. I doubt if the ladies that run the place have actually tried to walk the trails marked on...More

Thank DawnDee1950
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