Part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Ha'ena, Kauai:
National Tropical Botanical Garden Locations:
Limahuli Garden and Preserve - North shore of Kauai
Kahanu Garden - Hana Coast of Maui
The Kampong - on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida
Limahuli Garden and Preserve:
5-8291 Kuhio Hwy.
Ha'ena, Kaua'i, Hawaii
Limahuli Garden and Preserve is set in the Lawa`i Valley on the north shore of Kauai. The Garden is backdropped by the majestic Makana Mountain and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. In Hawaiian, the name Limahuli means "turning hands," which recognizes the ancient Hawaiians who built agricultural terraces out of lava rock and planted cultivars of kalo (taro), an important cultural food crop.
Mrs. Julet Rice Wichman acquired this property in 1967 and along with her grandson and his wife began the restoration of the site.
The 7-acre garden portion closest to the ocean was gifted by Mrs. Wichman to the non-profit NTBG in 1976. In 1994 her grandson Charles "Chipper" and his wife Hau'oli gave the remaining 985 acres of the valley to the NTBG, creating the Limahuli Preserve.
In 1997, the American Horticultural Society awarded Limahuli Garden its "Best Natural Botanical Garden" designation for demonstrating "best sound environmental practices of water, soil, and rare native plant conservation in an overall garden design."
Visitors should travel north on Highway 56 (Kuhio Highway) past Wailua, Kappa, Anahola, Kilauea and Princeville. Just past Princeville Highway 56 changes to Highway 560 (still Kuhio Highway).
Mile markers begin counting again at 0. At this point, you are approx. 9.4 miles from Limahuli Garden. The highway descends into the Hanalei Valley and passes through the town of Hanalei. The highway then becomes curvy and crosses over a number of one-lane bridges. Continue through Wainiha and past Ha'ena Beach.
Look for the entrance sign to the garden on your left. Park at the Visitors Center.
Hours and Tour Options:
CostSelf-guided: Adults $15; children 12 yrs. and under free.
Guided: Adults $30; 10-12 yrs. $15; Children 10 yrs. and above only on tour.