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…

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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 August 15th is Assumption Day in United States…

Assumption

Christian churches in the United States celebrate the feast of the Assumption on August 15 each year to honor the belief that Jesus’ mother was taken to heaven.

Many Christians in the United States attend church service and have big feasts to celebrate Mary’s rise into heaven on Assumption Day. Although it is not celebrated as extravagantly as other countries, there are many states that have festivals with music, dancing, food vendors, artwork, parades and firework shows to celebrate this event.

Assumption Day, which is on August 15, is not a public holiday in the United States so schools, government offices and businesses are open. Public transport providers run to their usual schedules. In New York City, the laws regarding which side of the street you can park on are suspended for Assumption Day. Assumption Day is considered a Holy Day of Obligation, but if it falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, it is not obligatory by the church to attend mass.  This was amended in the church calendar by US (United States) bishops in 1991.

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

 

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

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Get Involved, Become a Member…

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Individuals interested in helping to maintain and grow the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls can join our Garden Membership Program. Becoming a member helps preserve our gardens of peace and beauty for the enjoyment and education of future generations. Both annual and lifetime memberships are available. Members may use their benefits at any time while the membership is active by presenting their membership card and a photo identification card.

All members receive the following benefits: 

  • Free admission to the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls for the duration of their membership.
  • A 10 percent discount on all non-sale items in the Garden Visitor Center.
  • Notice of garden events and newsletters.

Other benefits are available depending upon the level of membership. 

Our highest level members will receive special recognition: 

  • Dedication of a garden bench or tree with a plaque inscribed with the name of the member or a loved one (Tree of Life Member and above).
  • A permanent Gold Garden Benefactor Card which entitles you and your accompanying guests unlimited free access to all amenities of World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls except the Zip Isle zip line and Segway tours (Garden Benefactor).
  • Ten complimentary zip line passes (Garden Benefactor).
  • Recognition on the Garden Benefactors Plaque (Garden Benefactor). 

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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?

Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19                       Write a review

 

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A Missionary View of the Population of the Sandwich Islands…

The natives are in general rather above the middle stature, well formed, with fine muscular limbs, open countenances, and features frequently resembling those of Europeans. Their gait is graceful, and sometimes stately. The chiefs in particular are tall and stout, and their personal appearance is so much superior to that of the common people, that some have imagined them a distinct race. This, however, is not the fact; the great care taken of them in childhood, and their better living, have probably occasioned the difference. Their hair is black or brown, strong, and frequently curly; their complexion is neither yellow like the Malays, nor red like the American Indians, but a kind of olive, and sometimes reddish-brown. Their arms, and other parts of the body, are tattooed; but, except in one of the islands, this is by no means so common as in many parts of the Southern sea. Compared with the inhabitants of other islands, they may be termed numerous.  

They were estimated by their discoverers at 400,000. There is reason to believe this was somewhat above the actual population at that time, though traces of deserted villages, and numerous enclosures formerly cultivated, but now abandoned, are everywhere to be met with. At present it does not exceed 130,000 or 150,000, of which 85,000 inhabit the island of Hawaii. The rapid depopulation which has most certainly taken place within the last fifty years, is to be attributed to the frequent and desolating wars which marked the early part of Kamehameha’s reign; the ravages of a pestilence brought in the first instance by foreign vessels, which has twice, during the above period, swept through the islands; the awful prevalence of infanticide; and the melancholy increase and destructive consequences of depravity and vice. (Ellis)

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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…?

 Colocasia Esculenta

Taro is the mother plant of Hawaiian culture – not just the “daily bread” of nourishment but also the abiding symbol of social harmony. The plant is cultivated throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia, but nowhere with the industry and ingenuity of the ancient Hawaiians.

Taro is a marsh plant, so the Hawaiians excelled in the construction of waterworks and clever flowing ponds (called lo’i) in which the farmers waded. They developed three hundred varieties of taro, some adapted to dry land conditions. Their folklore describes taro as the older sibling of the human race, and people saw the growth habit of taro-in expanding clusters of offshoots called ‘oha-as a perfect metaphor for a well-run family, or ‘ohana.

All parts of the plant are eaten, from the starchy corm (root) to the spinach-like leaves. Uncooked, the plant is acrid because its flesh is full of sharp crystals of calcium oxalate. Cooking eliminates their bite. Once cooked, the corm is generally pounded to make poi, an excellent carbohydrate food. The cooked greens, called lu’au, are a nutritious source of minerals and vitamins A, B and C.

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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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August 7th is Purple Heart Day in the United States…

Purple Heart Day

The Medal of Honor that is now the Purple Heart actually began as the ‘Badge of Military Merit.’  On August 7th, 1782 in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington designed a new badge of distinction for enlisted men and noncommissioned officers.  They were awarded for ‘any singularly meritorious action.’  The badge was a figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding.  It was pinned to a uniform coat above the left breast.  That was then, this is now.

On January 7th of the year 1931, a new design was reopened.  Ms. Elizabeth Will, an army heraldic specialist in the Office of the Quarter, created the design sketch for the present medal of the Purple Heart.  It consists of a purple enameled heart within a bronze quarter inch border showing a relief profile of George Washington in continental uniform.  Washington’s family coat of arms adorns the medal, along with an inscription inside the heart that reads, ‘For Military Merit.’

The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces that has been wounded or killed, died as a result of a wound in battle, or otherwise designated by the President of the United States.  This now includes those persons killed as a result of friendly fire.  Now we celebrate Purple Heart Day on the anniversary of its inception, August 7th.  On this day it is our patriotic duty to remember and recognize those people willing to serve our country, no matter the price.

Experience Your Holiday 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

 

For 24/7 Online Reservations Book your tour HERE

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

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