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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Onomea Bay, Hilo - Hamakua Heritage Coast, Big Island of Hawaii


Located at Onomea Bay, just eight and a half miles north of Hilo, off of Highway 19 on the Hilo-Hamakua Heritage Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii you will find the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located in a valley bordering the ocean. It is without question, one of the most beautiful places in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden was created through the efforts of Dan J. Lutkenhouse, who first encountered Onomea Valley in 1977 while vacationing with his wife, Pauline.

Mr. Lutkenhouse purchased the 17-acre parcel for its seclusion and beauty and decided instead to establish a botanical garden to preserve the valley and its beauty forever.

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."

The Garden is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The last admission to the Garden is at 4:00 p.m. All visitors receive a trail map to assist them in their self guided tour. In addition, each visitor is provided with the free loan of an umbrella to protect themselves from the frequent rains which keep the Garden so lush.

As you wander the trails throughout the Garden, you pass through many different environments, including coconut groves, mango and monekeypod 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.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so we have put together a small photo gallery to show you some of what you will see in the Garden. We invite you to take a look at our Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Photo Gallery. You can click on any of the small thumbnail photos to load a larger picture.

You can also purchase bouquets comprised of flowers grown in the garden directly from the Garden's Online Gift Shop.

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