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Kahanu Garden, Hana

(3.8/5 based on 110+ 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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  • After driving the road to Hana I was so pleased to get here and stretch my legs. This is an easy walk around a beautiful area with lots of history. Pay the small fee at the enterence and get the littl...  more »
  • The Keanu Gardens were a nice stop on the Road to Hana and a great opportunity to take a quiet walk away from the crowds. It also has some beautiful examples of indigenous and Polynesian-introduced pl...  more »
  • Don't let being somewhat off the beaten path deter you from experiencing this powerful sacred site run by indigenous people. It is the largest Heiau, (traditional Hawaiian temple) in all Hawaii with a...  more »
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  • 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!