Explore Our Self-Guided Gardens and Waterfalls Tour


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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The Christian Zeal of a Chief…

On the 29th of June, 1823, the Sabbath morning dawned upon the missionaries at Kailua under circumstances unusually animating, and they prepared to spend this holy day in extending, their labors among the people around them. Mr. Bishop and Thomas Hopu proceeded early in the morning to Kaavaroa, a village about fourteen miles distant, on the north side of Karakakooa, (Kealakekua) where they arrived at 11 A.M. Kamakau, chief of the place, received them with many expressions of gladness, led them to his house, and provided some refreshments; after which, they walked together to a Heiau, (house of cocoa-nut leaves,) which he had some time ago erected for the public worship of Jehovah. Here they found about a hundred of his people assembled, and waiting their arrival. Mr. Bishop, with the aid of Thomas, preached to them from John iii. 16., and endeavored in the most Towards the latter part of the discourse, the preacher was interrupted by Kamakau, who, anxious that his people might receive the greatest possible benefit by the word spoken, began earnestly to exhort them to listen and regard, telling them, their salvation depended on their attention to the truths which they heard. After the service was concluded, he again addressed them, affectionately recommending them to consider these things. Kamakau wished them to meet with the people again, but as the day was far spent, they thought it best to return. He then told them, that after their departure he should assemble his people, and repeat to them what they had heard. He asked many questions on religious subjects, several respecting the heavenly state; and appeared interested in the answers that were given; especially when informed that heaven was a holy place, into which nothing sinful could enter. familiar manner to set before them the great love of God in sending his Son to die for sinners, and the necessity of forsaking sin, and believing on him, in order to eternal life.

Kamakau is a chief of considerable rank and influence in Hawaii, though not immediately connected with any of the reigning family. He is cousin to Naihe, the friend and companion of Kamehameha, and the principal national orator of the Sandwich Islands. His person, like that of the chiefs in general, is noble and engaging. He is about six feet high, stout, well-proportioned, and more intelligent and enterprising than the people around him. For some time past he has established family worship in his house, and the observance of the Sabbath throughout his district; having erected a place for the public worship of the true God, in which, every Lord’s Day, he assembles his people for the purpose of exhortation and prayer, which he conducts himself. He is able to read, writes an easy and legible hand, has a general knowledge of the first principles of Christianity, and, what is infinitely better, appears to feel their power on his heart, and evince, their purity in his general conduct. He appears, indeed, a modern Cornelius, and is a striking manifestation of the sovereignty of that grace of which we trust he has been made a partaker; and we rejoice in the pleasing hope that He who has “begun a good work, will perform it until the day of Christ.”  (Ellis)

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

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(These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

Did You Know…?




Cordyline Fruticosa – Ti

The early Hawaiians brought this plant with them in their early migrations to the Islands. It was a plant of major importance to them, being used in many different ways. The starchy portions of the rhizome were a food source, while the leaves were used to wrap food prior to its being baked in the imu (fire-pit)—much like we use aluminum foil today. Go to an authentic luau today and you will find lau lau on the menu. Lau is the Hawaiian word for leaf. Lau lau is made by wrapping a serving sized portion of vegetables (likely breadfruit and sweet potato) along with some kind of meat or seafood and some kind of herb(s) for flavor in a taro leaf and then wrapping that in a ti leaf followed by baking in an imu until cooked. The ti leaf is removed and discarded, or else serves as a plate before being discarded.

Ti leaves were also used to make hula skirts and lei, and even used as fly-swatters. Certain medicinal uses were made of the leaves, while the plant itself was regarded as being spiritually significant. Today there are many varieties (upwards of 1,000) of ti plants of different sizes and in a multitude of colors used as ornamental landscape plants outdoors in tropical climates, but also as house plants in cold winter climates. A common practice in Hawaii is to plant ti plants near the home entrance, as it is said to bring good luck—hence one of its common names as the Hawaiian Good Luck Plant. Our Guest Center gift shop carries a couple of Ti varieties certified as safe to take to the mainland by visitors.

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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Tuesday October 31st is Halloween in United States…


Halloween originated as a pagan festival in parts of Northern Europe, particularly around what is now the United Kingdom. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most potent and spirits can make contact with the physical world. In Christian times, it became a celebration of the evening before All Saints’ Day. Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland brought the holiday to the United States. 

Many children dress up in fancy costumes and visit other homes in the neighborhood. At each house, they demand sweets, snacks or a small gift. If they do not get this, they threaten to do some harm to the inhabitants of the house. This is known as playing ‘trick-or-treat’ and is supposed to happen in a friendly spirit, with no nasty or mean tricks being carried out. However, if your children take part, it is important to accompany them and to check their ‘treats’ to make sure they are safe to eat or play with. 

Halloween is usually celebrated amongst family, friends and, sometimes, co-workers. However, some areas hold large community events. Parties and other events may be planned on October 31 or in the weekends before and after this date. Adults may celebrate by watching horror films, holding costume parties or creating haunted houses or graveyards. 

The commercialization of Halloween started in the 1900s, when postcards and die-cut paper decorations were produced. Halloween costumes started to appear in stores in the 1930s and the custom of ‘trick-or-treat’ appeared in the 1950s. The types of products available in Halloween style increased with time. Now Halloween is a very profitable holiday for the manufacturers of costumes, yard decorations and candy.

Why not Experience your Holiday 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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Hakalau Farmers Market and FoodShare

Aloha, Market time again, Tues. Oct 24.

3 to 5:30 for food, tunes, and good grooves.

Hawaii is located approximately 2,506 miles from the continental United States. About 85-90% of Hawaii’s food is imported which makes it particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and global event that might disrupt shipping and the food supply. The economic impact of food import replacement is significant. Replacing just 10% of the food we currently import would amount to approximately $313 million. Assuming a 30% farm share, $94 million would be realized at the farm-gate which would generate an economy-wide impact of an additional $188 million in sales, $47 million in earnings, $6 million in state tax revenues, and more than 2,300 jobs. An investment in programs and projects which support greater food self-sufficiency will result in economic, social and environmental benefits to the State of Hawaii. Hawaii is self-sufficient in some vegetable and fruit crops but has become less self-sufficient in eggs, milk, livestock, hogs and pigs. In the 1970s, Hawaii was self-sufficient in eggs and milk with 240 eggs farms and 120 milk operations. Today there are about 100 egg farms and only two dairies. Livestock and hog and pig production have also declined since the 1970s.

Mahalo neighbors!

For growing, harvesting, catching and preparing our sustenance.


Mahalo musicians!

Who set up the band each week and share their gifts.


Botanical World Adventures, Hakalau.

Mile marker 16, above Umauma Bridge.


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