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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Limahuli Garden and Preserve by using our Hanalei trip generator.
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  • This beautiful botanical garden is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. The self-guided path is well marked and each person is given a very detailed book with intereresting, well written informati...  more »
  • This is an out of the way garden preserve near the end of the road. You will see ) of Mount Makana (Bali Hai) seen nowhere else. The fees are a bit steep, but they support this hidden gem. Totally wor...  more »
  • Great rainy day activity and a hidden gem. The self-guided tour and booklet were excellent and very informative. This tour was inexpensive compared to the other National Tropical Botanical Garden tour...  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.
  • 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.
  • Well worth a visit. A beautiful garden on a hillside, with a great self-guided tour. It's a little sad to realize how much of the flora on Kauai is not native, but it does give you new insight into the island.
  • 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!
  • 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!!!