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Kahanu Garden, Hana

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Religious Site Garden
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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  • Worthwhile side trip during our Road to Hana excursion. For a small fee can walk through the gardens at your own pace and take in the native trees/plants and see the largest heiau (temple) in Hawai'i....  more »
  • There were some plants in various qualities and a Haiau of which you cannot see a lot. For the bread fruit, they are actually by the gate. Access to this garden if by unpaved road.  more »
  • I am a local Maui girl and hadn't been to this site in over 20 years. Went to Hana with a friend who is visiting and we decided to see the Gardens on our way in. Glad we stopped to see Maui's largest ...  more »
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  • I imagine there's wonderful cultural significance to this place but it's not explained well so it was largely not an intellectually stimulating experience. The ruin itself is mildly interesting in that it's old but you can't walk on it or even get close to it. View of the bay was beautiful. Overall, disappointed, not worth the $10 per person entrance fee and detour from the main road.
  • 100% a waste of time. Will not remember in a year. Or maybe I will because it was that big of a disappointment. at $10 a person they are robbing you. It should be free or at least less than $5 per person. You pull in and follow a long and sketchy driveway to the 'parking lot'. It's not a parking lot. You literally just pull off the driveway and park in the grass. And based on all the tire marks, a lot of people were having trouble getting out with all the rain. You then proceed to walk around the edge of a rather large field and look at random plants. If you are a plant lover it still isn't worth it. Stop at the Gardens of Eden a few miles up. That was worth the money! (Same price. Way more impressive! ) The temple is pretty unimpressive. You cant get close enough to actually appreciate it. You just have a view of it from behind some rather large bushes. It looks like three massive flower beds built on top of each other. With no flowers. I don't think even my sister, an archeologist, would have appreciated it. If you want to pass yourself off as a historic site for the public. You need to have WAY more information on the site. And if you want to pass yourselves off as a garden. You need to have a much larger variety of plants. Total bust.
  • The temple is amazing, and the self-guided tour is thorough and interesting.
  • Very cool place to stop and relax. Very cool seeing the old temple ruins. $20 entrance fee.
  • Came here after the strong recommendation from the Road to Hana CD. The attraction is a 45 minute detour, that consists of a large empty, wet lot with coconut trees. Kind of felt like a scam, there are so many amazing sites, avoid this at all costs.

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