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Kahanu Garden, Hana

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
Kahanu Garden is a 294acre botanical garden located on the Hāna Highway (close to the 31mi marker) near Hāna, Maui, Hawaii. It is one of five gardens of the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Garden, the others being McBryde, Allerton, and Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kauai, and The Kampong in Florida.The garden was established in 1972 on Maui's northern coast, with rugged black lava seascapes, and is surrounded by one of Hawaii's last undisturbed hala forests.The garden's ethnobotanical collections focus on plants traditionally used by Pacific Island people. It includes the world's largest breadfruit collection, first established in the 1970s. Today the garden contains 220 accessions of approximately 120 varieties of breadfruit collected from field expeditions to over 17 Pacific island groups in Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia, as well as Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Seychelles. This collection is used for research and conservation by NTBG’s Breadfruit Institute.
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  • I really enjoyed our visit to Kahanu Garden. The temple was breathtaking in it's size and the setting was transporting. It's not a comprehensive botanical garden but an interesting way to spend an hou...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful spot, well worth the entrance fee & 90 minutes of your time to walk around. The highlight was definitely the Pi'ilanihale Heiau, but we also enjoyed just wandering around on the br...  read more »
  • I put 2 stars because you have to rate it but I didn't actually go in because it was closed. We went during their posted business hours, and the sign out front on the beginning of the road said closed...  read more »
  • If you're looking for flowers, this is not the place to go. Lots of walking through fields of grass and we couldn't enter the temple which is the garden's only unique attraction. Cool view of cliffs but certainly not worth a $10 entrance fee.
  • There's an admission fee to the garden, however the cost is reasonable for people interested in exotic tropical plants. The scenery is great. There is also a historical temple that can be appreciated from afar.
  • Great plant descriptions and samples, and probably the most awesome heiau I have ever seem
  • Nice scenery, great views and an amazing temple from the 1200's that is huge compared to what is visible from afar.
  • These sacred grounds are a remarkable testament to the Hawaiian people and their voyage to Maui. It's very peaceful, beautiful ocean views and home to the oldest Polynesian temple in the Pacific. If you want to have a genuine Hawaiian experience, this place is a must to visit, it's where it all began!
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