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“Lots to enjoy...”

Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
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US$1,597.00*
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Spiritual Hawaiian Culture Tour from Honolulu
Ranked #6 of 41 things to do in Kaneohe
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Owner description: A 200 acre botanical garden.
Kaneohe, Hawaii
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lots to enjoy...”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Beautiful park, man-made lake, good camp sites with showers (cold), workshops, art shows, and the most amazing collection of trees. It's in our neighborhood and we spend lots of time here.

Visited July 2013
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San Gabriel, California
Level 6 Contributor
274 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Beautiful Tropical Gardens”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

This was my first visit to the Gardens, but it definitely will not be my last.This is a 400-acre Garden planted with rainforest trees and shrubs from the tropics of the world including Hawaii and Polynesia. Many of the plants are endangered and rare. Geographical regions predominately represented are: Philippines, Malaysia, Tropical America, Sri Lanka & India, Melanesia, Hawaii, Polynesia and Africa. I would recommend that if you are traveling by car that you park at each of the 8 parking lots and travel out from each lot walking each individual area. To walk the road from beginning to end and then walking back to the Visitor Center lot would be a complete day's excursion. There is no exit from the Garden to Kionaole Road. The vegetation is beautiful and the birds, mongoose and occasional feral cat along the path are an added feature. Most plants are identified which is helpful. The visitor center is interesting and the Volunteers at the desk are most welcoming and willing to help with questions. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see more of the tropical plants up close and just to enjoy the peace and quiet of the rainforest and the lake against the backdrop of the majestic Ko'olau Mountains. Garden open daily 9A to 4P except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Free guided garden tours for the general public are Saturdays at 10AM and Sundays at 1PM. Camping is available from 9AM Friday through 4PM Monday. A permit is required. Catch-and-Release Fishing is open weekends 10A until 2P.

Visited September 2013
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San Ramon, California
Level 6 Contributor
679 reviews
248 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Biggest Botanical Gardens on Oahu”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

We discovered this place on the highway between Kailua and Kaneohe on Oahu. You could easily spend all day here. In fact, my gf said we should have brought a picnic lunch (we'd already eaten in Waimanalo). There's a big lawn by the visitor center that's perfect for picnics! And best of all, there's no charge to visit!

Lots of lush green vegetation set against the beautiful mountains, and there's even a lake! Most of the plants and trees are native to Hawaii, but there are also some plants and trees from other tropical regions. There are paved trails throughout the gardens and most of the plants and trees are labeled with names and origins.

We also drove through the beautiful gardens, and found a few cul-de-sacs with campgrounds on each, and overnight camping is allowed. I'm sure their website has more information,

Hoomaluhia means "to make a place of peace and tranquility," and that's exactly what it is: a perfect name for a beautiful place to visit.

Visited September 2013
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Feels Like You Can Almost Touch the Mountains”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Beautiful view of the Koolau Mountains - upclose and personal. If you like to walk or jog, this is a great early morning feel of nature with some winding turns and hills. There are many hiking trails and tons of flora and fauna, which are identified with signs. Visitor center has lots of general plant and cultural information.

Visited July 2013
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Redlands, California
Level 6 Contributor
326 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Big gardens!”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

This botanical garden is 400 acres, so it isn't a quick in/out place to visit. They are very prompt with their park closure times, so be prepared to be out by 4 p.m.! We arrived in the afternoon and so picked one area (native Hawaiian plants) to visit and then climbed to the overlook across the park road and enjoyed amazing views of the mountains and the ocean until it was time to go.

This isn't a flower garden, so don't expect that. This is a trees, bushes, shrubs, plants kind of botanical gardens (this is what we were told by one of the park employees and what we experienced at the native Hawaiian portion of the garden.)

Tip: One of the locals told us to wear insect repellent, but we forgot and this was the only time during our time on the island that we got bit by mosquitos. So definitely use insect repellent!

Visited May 2013
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