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Pua Mau Place Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Address: 10 Ala Kahua, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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+1 808-882-0888
09:00 - 16:00
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Lush botanical garden on Big Island.

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

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank hjmacmahon
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 a waste of $13/pp!

Thank Marilyn K
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 for you. We walked the paths of this place for almost an hour and have... More 

Thank Travellingsoulottawa
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 too much for the 2 ladies that run it. Loved the turkeys-our 10 year old... More 

Thank Bronwyn G
Melbourne, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 the maps in at least the last two years... as they are mostly missing. We... More 

Thank DawnDee1950
Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

After driving the entry road a number of times, I decided to stop and check out the Gardens, which were easy to reach off the main highway (via a paved road). The royal palms at the edge of the property were quite majestic, and the first stop was at the small gift shop (where I purchased my entry ticket). The... More 

1 Thank G C
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

The place is for sale and it is rundown.. The cost of entry is above the price of the Good Botanical gardens on the eastern part of the island.. On 23 Feb. 2016 entered the garden(?) and less than 45 minutes rushed through the self guided tour.. The mosquitos were so bad, killed over 12 of them with the plastic... More 

1 Thank EasternORDinner
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

The history of this place is fascinating (created by one individual and a lot of hard work against the odds) and it is in a very challenging location. There are more beautiful and lush botanical gardens, sure, but this one is really fascinating for the history and location, as well as some really cool artwork throughout the garden (sculptures and... More 

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Kansas City, MO
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

We saw the sign from the road and decided to stop in. There was nobody there and we paid the $13 each to get in. The day was hot and although we had a map the trails were not that well marked and we got turned around on more than one occasion. The flowers are nice but really not all... More 

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Waimea, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

I came on here and read the reviews before visiting pua mau today. I have lived in Waimea most of my life but have never been to pua mau. We have family visiting and decided to take them on a whim. After reading reviews here, I wasn't expecting much to be honest. Price was $13 each (kama'aina and senior, kids... More 

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