Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden

Papaikou, Hawaii

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A wondrous array of beautiful growing things from all over the tropical world is packed onto a single hillside above a bay. One of the few hikes in this book in a commercial (though nonprofit) tourist attraction, it is simply a marvel, something nobody should miss. You do not have to be a botanist or a gardener to be awestruck by the glorious and downright weird life-forms Mother Nature has dreamed up. Buy your ticket at the visitor center/gift shop and cross the street. Give your ticket to the ukulele-strumming guy at the gate. Then take the path that descends through a jungle of what seems to be hundreds of kinds of ginger in every color and size imaginable. Some have flowers as big as your head; others look like sponges, beehives, torches. Overhead, red lobster-claw heliconias dangle in 10-foot swags from bananalike trees. You can travel in any direction through the maze of well-marked paths.

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"A wondrous array of beautiful growing things from all over the tropical world is packed onto a single hillside above a bay. One of the few hikes in this book in a commercial (though nonprofit) tourist attraction, it is simply a marvel, something nobody should miss. You do not have to be a botanist or a gardener to be awestruck by the glorious and downright weird life-forms Mother Nature has dreamed up.

Buy your ticket at the visitor center/gift shop and cross the
street. Give your ticket to the ukulele-strumming guy at the gate. Then take the path that descends through a jungle of what seems to be hundreds of kinds of ginger in every color and size imaginable. Some have flowers as big as your head; others look like sponges, beehives, torches. Overhead, red lobster-claw heliconias dangle in 10-foot swags from
bananalike trees. You can travel in any direction through the maze of well-marked paths."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Papaikou
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-Round
Local Maps: USGS Papaikou
Driving Directions: Directions to Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden

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May 2018