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“A wonderful easy walk.”

Koko Crater Botanical Garden
Ranked #84 of 331 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 14 May 2013 via mobile

Went because we saw it in a magazine. A little off the beaten path but easy to find. The flowers were gorgeous. But really, don't forget your bug spray. Take water along. It is dry enough that u will need it. This garden is more for planets and trees that like it drier. If u want tropical flowers not so much. But the plumeria grove was wonderful.

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Reviewed 17 April 2013

What a pleasure to stumble upon the Koko Crater Botanical Garden while trying to locate the Koko Crater Rim Hike. After talking briefly with the gate attendant, we decided a jaunt through the no-fee gardens might be a nice warm-up for our intended hike. As it turned out, we spent well over an hour wandering the well-marked, 2-mile trail among tropical trees, flowers and shrubs from around the globe. Despite carrying plenty of water, afterward we retreated to close-by Hawaii Kai for fresh juice and iced coffees. Honolulu's "Botanical Gardens" include four other locations, but this happened to be the one we explored during our vacation. In 1958, the state of Hawaii dedicated 60 acres of the 100,000-year-old crater's slopes and basin to feature the desert-oriented plants of Hawaii. But they didn't stop with Hawaiian plants. This garden, which lies east of Hawaii Kai and north of the Sandy Beach Park, offers beautiful examples of Pacific island, African & Southwest/Central America plant species. The trail first takes you through a mesmerizing, eyeball-exploding, technicolor grove of plumeria, bougainvilleas & eventually hibiscus. Later come the acres of twisted, gnarly & huge trees indigenous to areas of the world I have never traveled. Baobabs, palms, myrrh, yucca, henna, so-called "sausage" trees, cacti, etc. With all the delicious scents and sights, we loved this unexpected, peaceful hike, as hot as it was that day. And while we saw a few benches, picnic tables and 1 or 2 portable toilets, there is no drinking water or other facility on the site.

4  Thank mcdeux
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

We enjoyed the 2 mile loop through this garden. It was not what we expected, more trees than flowers. A good job labeling the trees

3  Thank Deb10557
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

It is a stroke of genius to take an important landmark and place a botanical garden in it, thus preserving the area from developement and providing a lasting educational legacy. At this time it is a work in progress and probably best visited by gardeners and botanists. The Plumera grove was just in bloom during my visit and the smell was lovely. I also managed to see some lovely birds including a Red Vented bulbul, Red-Crested Cardinal and Northern Cardinal. The trails are very peaceful and not very crowded and there are some benches. Unfortunately it is a little hard to follow the numbering system and paths. You won't get lost but it can be frustrating if you are looking for a specific species. Lots of very interesting specimens. The #23 bus takes you to the foot of Kokonani Street where you will see a large sign for the Garden. The bus stop is after Kokonani Steet if you are coming from Honolulu. The sign will be on your right, but you will only see the back of the sign so you could miss it. Then you have about a 15 min walk up the sidewalk to the entrance of the park. Dirt paths, portapotty, no concession or nearby store.

2  Thank Ginger I
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

The botanical garden hike is filled with plumaria (what makes lei's) at the beginning, but take water, it's really hot and not much wind.

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