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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
+1 808-964-5233
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Gorgeous stop while circling the Big Island

We stopped here while taking a driving tour around the entire island. Absolutely thrilled we made... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rick K
San Ramon, CA
Beautiful garden, a must see!

We loved visiting this garden. The number of tropical plants was amazing. It is a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dallas, OR
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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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27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped here while taking a driving tour around the entire island. Absolutely thrilled we made the time - it was one of the highlights of our visit to the Big Island. Definitely plan on bringing a camera – your cell phone might take some good...More

Thank Rick K
Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved visiting this garden. The number of tropical plants was amazing. It is a beautiful setting with waterfalls and beachfront. The information and signage was excellent and it was easy to follow the map. Be sure to read about the couple that started the...More

Thank JandSgotoPeru
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So glad we made the trip from Kona. It’s a botanical heaven filled with life and color. Wear bug repellent, and bring a charged camera!

Thank Gabriell L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful and relaxing garden with both natural and semi formal plantings. Bring a camera to share this place with your friends, words will not do it justice. So many different and beautiful plants and flowers are showcased in a rain-forest/beach-side setting. This...More

1  Thank RealRoadWarrior
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the first sunny day in 3 weeks. Very comfortable weather. Literally thousands of species of tropical plants with beautiful blooms and foliage. Great views of Onomea Bay and the stream/river. If you’re active or reserve or retired military or a veteran make sure...More

Thank badtarg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove the scenic old highway to hike this 20 acre tropical paradise to the ocean. Very well laid out and easy follow map with numbered attractions. Stunning water features such as Onomea waterfalls and Lily lake. Picnic area overlooking the ocean is lovely next time...More

2  Thank Jimia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One rainy day we decided to drive out the old highway a few miles north of Hilo and visit the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Now operated as a non-profit educational institution, we were very pleasantly surprised by this experience. After parking and paying our entry...More

2  Thank Colin F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tropical botanical garden is an 8.5-mile drive north of Hilo. It is well worth the short jaunt off Hwy 19 to get down to this lovely 40-acre display of (2,000 species) tropical fawn and flora. These beauties provide a nice backdrop for a short...More

Thank suewillesen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This botanical garden is very well maintained by the local officials and is a very popular tourist attraction.

Thank jainishaaa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous place. You walk down a steep walkway and at the bottom are acres of beautiful oversized plants of every description and a large area with parrots. Dont forget to look up as you walk as this gives you a whole different perspective of the...More

Thank Jim0244
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2 May 2017|
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Response from 505badgolfer | Reviewed this property |
I was using a google fi phone (which searches for the strongest signal among several carriers) and had no connection problems on the Hilo side of the Big Island.
21 April 2017|
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Response from Kimraem | Reviewed this property |
Once you leave the main highway it's a little twisty but not a 'scary' road and not for long, it's quite scenic actually.