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“SPIDERS!”

Hana Maui Botanical Gardens
Ranked #25 of 31 things to do in Hana
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Owner description: An easy self guided walking tour of approximately 10 acres with a helpful hand drawn map. Free parking area with a $3 per person entrance fee. Mostly tropical flowers and fruits and most of the plants the Hawaiians brought in their canoes to help them survive. A good place to get out of the car and stretch. No botanical names but if the owner is present, she is always ready to talk plants.
Los Angeles, CA
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“SPIDERS!”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We drove up and no one was there, only a sign telling us to where to pay and where to pick up a very poorly written map and guide to the gardens. The guide and all the signs were mainly admonishments about what not to do; the attitude was downright hostile. When we started walking, we found that no one had walked the paths in days and giant spiders had spun their webs across the paths; I had to pick up a large stick and bushwhack through the webs Indiana Jones style, clearing a path for my terrified family.

It might still have been worth battling the spiders and hostile (unseen) staff if the gardens were spectacular, but there was really nothing to see. Somehow nearly all of the tropical plants (flowers and fruits) were not flowering or fruiting even though they were in other places at the same time of year. Obviously there's no maintenance being done. I kept hoping around the next corner and the next tangle of spider webs there would be fruiting mangosteen trees or something, but nope, nada, nothing.

Give this place a complete miss... there are plenty of interesting things to see on the road to Hana, this isn't one of them.

By the way many reviewers have this place confused with the Garden of Eden further down the road away from Hana. We didn't visit that place because it seemed expensive for what it was, but at least (from the outside) it seemed well staffed and well maintained.

Visited April 2014
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English first
Auburn, California
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Of the beaten path , but worth it.”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

The Hawaii's largest heiau (sacred site), great ocean views, beautiful gardens, and botanical oddities. Worth your time!

Visited February 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida
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212 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A nice place to stop”
Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

If you did not stop at the Garden of Eden this is a nice place to stop. It is a nice place to take a hike down the mostly asphalt path and view the trees and flowers that grow in this region of Maui.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Sharron E
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Mt Holly NC
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32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A tree huggers paradise”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

Nicely done, many of the species are not native to the Islands and these are identified with the origin from which they come.
Nice views, (2) waterfalls in the distance to see.
I thought it was a little pricey, but my wife loved the gardens so the price was right.

Visited June 2013
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Thank NC-traveller-379
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Botanical forest”
Reviewed 23 May 2013

The botanical garden sounded really cool, however it's not worth the $10 pp. it looks more like an organized botanical forest rather than a garden. We enjoyed the lava rocks.

Visited May 2013
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