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Pua Mau Place Arboretum & Botanical Garden

10 Ala Kahua, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-882-0888
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One man's dream has fallen into disrepair since his death

This was a life long dream of a wealthy man, to create a botanical garden in the dry desert of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
fsdukejr
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Federal Way, Washington
Not worth stopping

Myself and three of my friends, one with a baby in a buggy, stopped here eager to wander along some... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
ynattirb
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Rossland, Canada
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Lush botanical garden on Big Island.
  • Excellent18%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor24%
  • Terrible16%
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10 Ala Kahua, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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+1 808-882-0888
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"self guided tour"
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"metal sculptures"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a life long dream of a wealthy man, to create a botanical garden in the dry desert of North Kohola. He appears to have succeeded in spite of a series of devestating fires outside his control. His gardens are an oasis in the...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Myself and three of my friends, one with a baby in a buggy, stopped here eager to wander along some garden paths and look at flowers. We had a lovely chat with the lady at the front desk and she made the gardens sound interesting...More

Thank ynattirb
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

This was one of the most informative and educational tours I have ever taken. When we arrived, we were greeted by Irina, who gave us a very detailed introduction to the place, then asked if we had any questions. Our group of four had lots...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Not worth the entrance fee. The garden looks abandoned and overgrown by weeds. The trail is dangerous and infested with red ants. The resident wild turkeys on the land will attack you and make you loose bladder control. In the visitors center, somebody had a...More

Thank Silvino O
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

If you enjoy walking through a very quite botanical gardens with very interesting metal sculptures and beautiful ocean views it is a good place to spend a few hours. The grounds could use more care. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I visited the...More

Thank Rebecca M
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The personality behind the gardens passed away a few years ago and it appears there has been little investment in the property since. Paths are overgrown and maintenance is minimal. Do not expect a lush tropical garden, this is a dry part of the island....More

Thank besvenan
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

At the reception desk, guests are given a one page laminated map of the property as well as detailed verbal instructions. We were told that the self guided walk should take a little over an hour. Customer service was good. Entrance fee was $13 per...More

1  Thank lucky3578
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

If you are going up north, and across Hwy 270, stop at this wonderful private botanical garden. the views are incredible

1  Thank jgssma
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

lovely owner, but he gardens were in disarray and not worth the $ for admission.The single turtle that was there looked taken care of but seemed out of place in the middle of the gardens. sad to say I wouldn't go back nor would I...More

Thank Oyakickboxer
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

So not wanting to drive all the way to Hilo from Kona, we decided to hit the closer botanic gardens. First off no one was in the parking lot so we were a little Leary. Then we were greeted by two chiwawas and a incredibly...More

2  Thank leona724
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