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“Past it's Prime”

Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens
Ranked #18 of 41 things to do in Kaneohe
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Owner description: This garden has five main areas on a 725 acre property.
Nashville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Past it's Prime”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

we like to photograph flowers so stopped to visit the gardens. Seemed deserted. We were the only visitors. Took a few minutes to find someone to take our $$, but then we got a private guided tour. Not a lot of flowers, but good descriptions of many plants by an enthusiastic guide. Spent two hours and it was pleasant, but seem the the garden had seen better days. I would not repeat.
In contrast Allerton gardens in Kauai are worth yearly visits.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Wotsmith
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English first
Mesa, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful Garden, very friendly staff :-)”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

We very much enjoyed the garden, and the view of the ocean from one area of the garden. We learned much about different trees. For the first time in our lives we saw coco (chocolate) tree, macadamian nuts trees, and several other trees.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank jkwill720
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Summer 2012 visit”
Reviewed 18 October 2012

Low key, nice walk, some up hill, which if your healthy shouldn't be a problem. Sneakers are a better option just for comfort. Spray down with bug spray which they provide before your walk. Bring a little shopping bad to collect fruit samples which they allowed as an example to each group. Do not expect massive "flowers" here, there are some plants, but this is a plantation, not a botanical garden. Nice staff and worth the small fee. AND if you're traveling there on your own, there is no sign on the main road so plan your trip and have a copilot for watching for the street. We loved it.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Beth K
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Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“See the scenic, preserved, historic land similar to the experience of early Polynesians.”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

The plantation and gardens guided nature walk is now given in an eco-tour style with emphasis on touching and smelling the bushes, nuts, fruits, trees and flowers along the way. Our tour guide, Joan, was very knowledgeable, showing our small group of four the flora, their names, medicinal purposes, and interesting facts. For example, the Traveler’s Tree stems' casings hold rainwater providing an emergency drinking supply. Also, its’ fan shaped leaves grow in an east-west line which travelers can use as a compass. There are so many different species of plants that I thank Patsy Fong for helping to identify them in our photographs.

The flourishing gardens are lovely and reminded me of an enchanted forest. With all of the surrounding natural beauty it is easy to understand why people have special events on the grounds. We had numerous photo opportunities, particularly on a plateau overlooking the ocean. The orchards were well maintained and our guide picked fresh, delicious lychees for us to eat during the tour.

I would have liked to have bought some lychees, postcards and a souvenir, but the fruit stands, drink concessions and gift shop are permanently closed. Tours are no longer offered on Saturday. Cash is the ONLY form of payment accepted for the nature walks and lei making instruction.

Lei making class is still offered every day, except Christmas and New Years. There is plenty of free parking in front of the open-air visitor’s center and bathrooms are located inside.

We felt the price of $14.50, per adult, was well spent considering the money goes to perpetuate this once royal, still pristine land as part of Hawaiian history and heritage. Inspired by the dazzling gardens and plantation during an easy, 90 minute hike of one mile, we had a great time.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank catnewman
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
“Over-priced and neglected”
Reviewed 12 October 2010

Several guidebooks described these grounds in a positive way. Too bad Senator Fong is no longer around. For $14.50 per adult the guided tour was very haphazard and the grounds are in desperate need of many more hands to care for them. I would not recommend this attraction.

Thank Sheryl9
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