There are several gardens to visit on the Big Island but a personal favorite for so many reasons is the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden. It took me a few years to get this onto my schedule and now I look forward to going back for more.
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Make sure you have your camera ready because there’s a picture worthy snap around every corner! Around every bend there is a new amazing scene, a new orchid, an incredible fern, or an ocean view.
This is a 40-acre botanical garden and nature preserve located in the Onomea Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is home to over 2,000 species of tropical plants from around the world, including palms, orchids, bromeliads, and heliconias. The garden also features a variety of trails, waterfalls, and streams.
The garden was founded in 1977 by Dan and Pauline Lutkenhouse, who were inspired by the beauty and diversity of the Onomea Valley. They began by clearing invasive plants and trees from the land, and then they started planting a collection of tropical plants from all over the world. The garden opened to the public in 1984.
Today, the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is a popular tourist destination and a valuable educational resource. It is also home to several research projects, and it plays an important role in the conservation of tropical plants.
Things To Do at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden
Here are some of the things you can do at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden:
- Hike on the garden’s trails and admire the waterfalls and streams.
- Visit the orchid garden and learn about the different types of orchids.
- Explore the native plant garden and learn about the plants that are indigenous to Hawaii.
- Take a guided tour of the garden and learn about its history and its plants.
- Visit the garden’s gift shop and purchase souvenirs.
- Have a picnic lunch in the garden’s picnic area.
- Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden trails
The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free.
Although this is my favorite there are several other beautiful gardens to visit on the Big Island. LoveBigIsland.com has a nice overview of some of the other gardens worth visiting.