Explore Our Self-Guided Gardens and Waterfalls Tour

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On a self-guided tour, you can first drive to the spectacular Kamaee Falls waterfall*. Along the way, you can view exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees then wind your way through hau, hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants on your way back to the lush Rainforest Trail.

Wander along the paved and handicapped accessible Rainforest Trail alongside the tumbling Hanapueo Stream as you examine such tropicals as ginger, heliconia, green and red jade vine and bamboo beneath a shady canopy of rainforest trees.

For the adventuresome, you can walk an additional mile through the unpaved Rainforest Trail extension to view the wilder portions of the rainforest as well as a variety of spice trees planted along the trail.

Returning to the gardens entrance, you can take our paved walkways through the landscaped Rainbow Walk filled with anthuriums, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and scores of other tropical species. Don’t miss the Orchid Wall and the Children’s Maze. While wandering watch for signs and bring along a Walking Stick audio tour wand. This provides information about many of the plants along the Rainbow Walk and others throughout the various gardens.

If you still have time, wander at leisure through the grassy lawns of our Arboretum to view trees filled with flowers, fruits and nuts. Be sure to hunt for the many varieties of orchids blooming in the trees.

Experience the beauty of Hawaii at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                                 Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                          Open Daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                           Have you visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                              Why not Write a review

 

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In 1848, the Mahele…

GeckoLike a lei floating on the surface of the sea, a young chain of islands, the pearls of the Pacific, came to grace the middle of the ocean. Rising up from the depths to become the world’s tallest mountains, the Hawai’ian Islands with a warm tropical climate and soft flowing trade winds became a unique natural environment for plants, animals and finally human culture.

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This is our story, this is the story of Hawai’i…

Under the reign of Kamehameha III, Hawaii’s traditional system of land use underwent drastic change. Guided by foreign advisors, the king divided lands that had formerly been held in common and administered by chiefs and their konohiki, or overseers. The Mahele allocated 23% of land in the Islands to the king (called crown lands); 40% comprised konohiki lands to be divided among 245 chiefs; and 37% was declared government lands, to be awarded to commoners who worked the land as active tenants. An appointed Land Commission and Court of Claims administered the land division. The Mahele was followed in 1850 by the Kuleana Act which established fee simple ownership of land. Historical land tenants were required to document their claims to specific parcels in order to gain permanent title. Once granted, a kuleana plot was entirely independent of the traditional ahupua’a in which it was situated and it could also be sold to parties with no historical ties to the area.

Discover all of the history and lore of the Big Island at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                          Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                   Open daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                    Visited us in the Past?

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Experience all the fun at Botanical World…

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Children from a two to eleven years old can enjoy the fun of searching for over 2,000 plastic eggs during a Free Easter Egg Hunt this year at Botanical World Adventures, north of Hilo.

“We wanted to give back to our Hawaiian community and just felt this is one fun way to do that,” explained Kika Nixon, Guest Services Manager at Botanical World Adventures.

“Every child will receive candy or a small prize. Plus free rides on our Zip Isle zip line tour and on our unique Segway Rainforest tour will be given away.”
Mrs. Nixon said the Easter Egg hunt actually will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. The egg hunt starts promptly at 10:00a.m. each day. Children will gather the eggs then turn them in for candy or prizes. Admission to the World Botanical Gardens at Botanical World Adventures is free for children and families attending the egg hunts.

A special Sunrise Service by the Hilo Coast United Church of Christ will also take place at Botanical World on Easter Sunday from 6:00 – 6:45a.m. “Everyone is welcome… The service will be at the Kamae’e Falls overlook, with easy to access to a tented site, come rain or shine,” according to the Guest Services Manager.

Experience all the fun at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                                Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                          Open Daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                          Have you visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                             Why not Write a review

 

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Palm Sunday in United States

 

Palm Sunday

Many Christians in the United States remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day is also on the Sunday before Easter Sunday.

Programs of sacred music are performed in many towns and cities in the United States on Palm Sunday. They are often sponsored by and held in local churches but they may also be part of the musical community’s regular concert series. These programs usually begin on or before Palm Sunday and may continue throughout Holy Week. Bethany College’s Messiah Festival in Lindsborg, Kansas, has been held during Holy Week for more than 100 years.

Plays or pageants that focus on Holy Week themes are also performed on Palm Sunday. The Blessing of the Fleet in St Augustine, Florida, takes place on Palm Sunday each year. Shrimp trawlers and other fishing boats, as well as privately owned vessels, visit the town to receive a blessing. It is also customary for Christians to place blessed palm leaves in the shape of a cross behind religious images or statues in homes, stores and restaurants in the United States.

Palm Sunday is not a federal holiday in the United States. However, it is held on a Sunday, which is a non-school day and non-working day for many Americans.

So why not spend it at …Botanical World!!

Botanical World Adventures                                  Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                             Open Daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                             Have you visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                                 Why not Write a review

 

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Visit Our Children’s Maze…

Childrens Maze

Adjacent to the Rainbow Walk is our Children’s Maze, the world’s second largest permanently planted maze. Covering an area more than the size of a football field, it consists of thousands of mock orange bushes planted in a regular array of hedge work.

With lots of false turns and only one correct path, this maze is fun for young and old alike. The hedge is kept to a height of five feet, so as to allow adults to see over the hedges if necessary, but still allow everyone to wander the paths to find their way to the only correct exit.

Experience all the fun at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                                           Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                                     Open Daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                                      Have you visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                                         Why not Write a review

 

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Did You Know…?

Torch Ginger

Etlingera elatior -Torch Ginger

The red variety is the most common, but other varieties may be pink, or white or white mixed with pink (rather uncommon). It is suitable for a sunny to partly shaded location in a larger sized landscape setting. There are two types of shoots produced by this plant—leafy or vegetative, and flowering or reproductive. The leafy shoots can attain a height of almost 30 feet in sheltered, moist locations (like gulch bottoms) and live for almost two years before dying down to the rhizome in the soil. The reproductive shoot doesn’t produce any foliage leaves and is crowned with a terminal inflorescence of colored bracts and gold-edged flowers.

Although a member of the ginger family, it is not the source of the spice we call ginger. Torch ginger inflorescences are utilized by florists in large-sized floral arrangements both for their beauty and their longevity. Press the pound key for more information on the Torch Ginger flowers and reproduction.

Some people think of the whole torch-like top of the reproductive shoot as being a flower, but this is not the case.

Flowering begins as a ring of gold-edged flowers emerges around the base of the cone-like mound of small bracts and gradually works its way up the mound of bracts to its tip—a process that takes a month or more to complete. If pollination is successful, a firm fleshed pink fruit (berry) will be produced—potentially one for each flower—which, along with dozens of other coalescing berries, will somewhat resemble a pineapple if enough berries are produced.

Experience all the beauty of Hawai’i at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                          Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                    Open daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                    Have you Visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                       Why not Write a review?

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Take Our Guided Horticultural Tour…

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On our exquisite 2-hour walking tour, one of our horticultural experts will point out fascinating facts about the beautiful flowers and plants in our extensive botanical collection and answer questions about tropical plants.

Your horticultural guide will first lead you to a spectacular view of Kamaee Falls, proclaimed to be one of Hawaii’s most beautiful and pristine waterfalls. This location is a must stop for both novice and professional photographers alike.

From there, you will be taking an unhurried stroll through our tropical Rainforest Trail. Watch other guests zipping high in the forest canopy and listen as our experts explain the many and varied uses of tropical plants, allowing you to smell the flowers and taste some of the ripe fruit. Continuing down the trail, you will encounter a quiet, serene, natural spring-fed stream lined by many of Hawaii’s unique plants and trees.

At the halfway point of your tour, you have the option to add a delicious lunch. Prepared and served for our guests, this unique option must be reserved in advance. Everyone will be able to partake in dessert – a sampling of fresh fruit from our own gardens.

Following the fruit and refreshment break, the group will proceed to our final destination, the magnificent Rainbow Walk. This portion of the tour meanders along a paved walkway surrounded by thousands of tropical plants.

Experience the peace and beauty of Hawaii at Botanical World…

Botanical World Adventures                                           Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze

31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway                                     Open Daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Hakalau, Hawaii 96710                                                      Have you visited us in the Past?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                                         Why not Write a review

 

For 24/7 Online Reservations Book your tour HERE or call:

808-963-5427 or Toll Free: 888-947-4753

or

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