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Nani Mau Gardens

Makalika Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-959-3500
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not very friendly

we got to this place at about 9:45am. There was no one at the desk and a lady told us to go into... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2017
Regina N
Timaru, New Zealand
Beautiful setting for lunch

I visit Nani Mau Gardens often for their budget lunch. It's a decent price and the food is good... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Mountain View, Hawaii
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Situated 3 miles south of Hilo just before mile marker 4 (coming from Hilo). Turn by the big Aloha sign.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good21%
  • Average24%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 13:00
Makalika Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-959-3500
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

we got to this place at about 9:45am. There was no one at the desk and a lady told us to go into the gardens we can pay at the gift shop when w are coming out. it took us 5 min to walk around...More

Thank Regina N
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

I visit Nani Mau Gardens often for their budget lunch. It's a decent price and the food is good. The service is always excellent, they always accommodate my requests as I am a picky eater and a vegan. The gardens are lovely to walk through...More

Thank Raelyn922
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Checked the hours on-line. But as we were paying for our $10 plus tax admission tickets per person, we were told that the place was closing at 3 pm (instead of 4 pm as posted on-line). There were no signs anywhere indicating the change of...More

Thank Jane T
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We stopped here for lunch on our full day tour, its a beautiful botanical garden and I could easily have spent more time here, beautiful flowers and plants, a lovely Japanese garden section and lots of Peacocks! The only negative would be the lack of...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 2 March 2017

There were lots of plants to view, but as others have said, there are missing signage to identify some of the main plants, and there were areas that the infrastructure was in need of some tlc. I did get a number of photos here. If...More

Thank ldyhumbird
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Just outside Hilo is this wonderful Botanical Garden that also has a restaurant that you can enjoy The flora that is here is beautiful and ideal for some lovely shots.

Thank AlohaIslander
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Given that we had already visited four beautiful and amazing botanical gardens on the Big Island in the past week, our expectations for Nani Mau were high. Nani Mau was a huge disappointment. For one thing there was very little signage to identify the plants...More

Thank RamblingRoses
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is a favorite place of local retirees and tourist alike because they offer lunch buffet with admission to Garden only for $17. You cannot beat it. Price for "Garden only" is $10. We paid for buffet and were not disappointed. Fried fish, roast beef,...More

Thank KonPolPine
Reviewed 20 November 2016

These gardens must have once been very lovely. They have, however, been shockingly neglected in recent years. A few areas near the main building are still attractive. Most of the rest of the gardens are in disarray. There is a collapsed pavilion, drained fish ponds,...More

Thank Dooglas
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We stopped here for buffet lunch as a part of a Roberts tour. The staff was ready when we arrived and the food was great! All of the staff we came into contact with was friendly and helpful. The grounds are beautiful, maybe a bit...More

Thank danielcarolynd
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12 July 2016|
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Response from theotter1 | Reviewed this property |
I was there when the buffet included roast beef , pulled pork and some sort of fish . The desserts are not really worth saving room for.