Located at Onomea Bay, just north of Hilo, off of Highway 19, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located in a valley bordering the ocean.
The Garden is a non-profit enterprise "dedicated to providing a plant sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants of the tropical world and to preserving the incredibly beautiful natural environment of Onomea Bay for generations to come."
As you wander the trails throughout the Garden, you pass through many different environments, including coconut groves, mango and monkeypod trees, palm jungles and a giant fern tree forest.
You pass waterfalls, streams and at several points you even reach the ocean. There are over 2,000 different species of plants in the Garden.
Nani Mau Gardens - 421 Makalika Street
Nani Mau Gardens contains 53 acres of tropical flowers and plants. "Nani Mau" which translates as "forever beautiful" in Hawaiian is a perfect name for this beautiful garden that features twenty acres of landscaped displays of native and exotic tropical flowers and plants, a spectacular orchid garden, rare palms and tropical fruit orchards.