Limahuli Garden and Preserve, Hanalei

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Set among the mountains and coastal terrain of Kauai, Limahuli Garden and Preserve is one of the National Tropical Botanical Garden's parks with waterfalls, cliffs, and plant life. Backed by the imposing Makana Mountain, the park's 7 ha (17 acres) of garden space contains distinctive biological zones and ecosystems stretching from oceanic to those in the rocky heights of the hills behind it. Don't forget to stop by the 240 m (800 ft) waterfall. Take a guided or self-guided tour to learn more about the history of the area and its people, as well as the park. Some terrain can be a little rough, so be sure to wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes. Put Limahuli Garden and Preserve into our Hanalei trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We went to four gardens on Kauai and each is unique and worth a visit. The Limahuli Garden is located on the North Shore in a beautiful canyon location. They demonstrate how the native Hawaiian farmed...  more »
  • What an unexpected delight. We added this stop to our day, and wow what a great surprise. The cost is fair and the value excellent. The office staff was VERY helpful and informative. The guidebook pro...  more »
  • A concierge, who was also a Princeville local, recommended this garden tour and it was fantastic! The history of a retired couple dedicating themselves to the beauty and preservation of this garden is...  more »
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  • A lot of people seem to pass by the Limahuli Gardens on their way up the coast, and my question is WHY? It's a great space, with a strong emphasis on the history of the island and how Native Hawaiians lived. Yes, it is a $20 admission if you aren't a local, but it's worth it. In all honesty, we went in the winter so not much was actually blooming. What I enjoyed the most was being in the location and learning about what all everything meant in an historical context. Go to learn. Understand more. Get a glimpse of things.
  • The garden is focused on Hawaiian and Polynesian history. It doesn't have a lot of the tropical plants you would normally see in a botanical garden. If you're interested in seeing native plants, it's a nice stop.
  • One of the only places on the north shore to actually learn about and see Polynesian culture, an absolute must for anyone curious about the history, agriculture, or general background of the island. Very informative interpretation of the land as it was before foreign contact, with endangered plants and fascinating descriptions of their uses.
  • Quite a drive, but worth it. Parking is limited, but we managed to get a sport right up front. The sweet lady explained so much to us before we started and even sprayed us for mosquitoes and made sure we had water cups. (She was from our home state, so that was nice, too!) The walk up the hill is very safe and secure, to allow the enjoyment of the beauty and history. Beautiful vista of the ocean and majestic mountains!!!
  • Beautiful. We did the self guided tour (I think that's the only option... my husband bought the tickets). Great way to spend an hour or three and learn about Hawaii's beauty!

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