Big Island Botanical Gardens

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An Overview of Big Island Botanical Gardens

Plant Diversity and Climate

The quantity and variety of plants and flowers that call the Big Island of Hawaii home is truly astonishing. Some of the Big Island botanical gardens have over two thousand varieties of plants growing on their grounds. This diversity is largely due to the wide range of climate zones across the island, mixed with the consistent temperatures of those zones. The Big Island possesses the highest concentration of climate zones of any place in the world: 4 out of 5 Major climate zones and 10 out of 13 sub-zones. The climate diversity makes it the perfect setting for incredible botanical gardens to thrive all around the island.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the Big Island

Plant Hardiness Zones

Plant hardiness zones identify the location of environmental conditions under which a species or variety of plants can successfully survive and grow. Hawaii is one of the warmest areas on the USDA map with 9 plant hardiness zones. These zones are determined by the average annual extreme minimum temperature. For instance, the Kona Coffee belt lies in Hardiness Zone 11b & 12a with a minimum average low of 45-55 degrees, perfect for growing world famous Kona Coffee.

List of Big Island Botanical Gardens

The only way to truly understand the diversity of plant life in Hawaii is to experience it, so make sure to visit some of the Big Island botanical gardens during your visit. You will see why the term ‘tropical garden paradise’ is so appropriate. Click on the name of the garden below to read more about each of these incredible places.

“How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.” Alexander Smith

Botanical World Gardens & Adventures

Botanical World Adventures is home to World Botanical Gardens, Maze and Waterfalls in Hakalau on the Hamakua Coast. This adventure includes Zip Isle, Zip Line and Segway® Off Road Adventure Tours also.

Big Island Botanical Garden Flowers

Open Daily 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Botanical World Gardens
31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway
Hakalau, Hawaii 96710
(808) 963-5427

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 40-acre preserve of living plants and a nature lover’s paradise located in the Onomea Valley.

Beehive Ginger at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the Big Island

Open Daily 9 am-5 pm
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway
Papaikou, HI 96781
(808) 964-5233

University of Hawaii at Hilo, Botanical Gardens

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Botanical Gardens are located on the University campus in Hilo.

University of Hilo Big Island Botanical Garden

Open Daily
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Botanical Gardens
200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
(808) 932-7446

Nani Mau Gardens

Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo Hawaii, was founded by a Japanese immigrant who transformed the 20-acre papaya patch into a tropical garden. Today this Big Island botanical garden is a place of peace and harmony for all to enjoy.

Open Daily 10am – 3pm
Nani Mau Gardens
421 Makalika Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 959-3500

Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Garden

The Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Garden in Hilo is flora and fauna at its best, with a 12-acre zoo and garden home to more than 80 animal species.

Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Botanical Garden on the Big Island

Open Daily 9am-4pm
Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Garden
800 Stainback Hwy
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 959-7224

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens

The Akatsuka Orchid Gardens is in Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, where there are over 500 blooming orchids on display.

The Akatsuka Orchid Garden is a Big Island Botanical Garden

Open Daily 10am – 4:30pm
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
11-3051 Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI 96785
(808) 967-8234

Paleaku Gardens

The Paleaku Gardens are located in South Kona between Kealakekua Bay and the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park.

The Paleaku Big Island Botanical Gardens have beautiful flower beds like this spiral design

Tuesday – Saturday 9am-4pm
Paleaku Gardens
83-5401 Painted Church Road
Captain Cook, Hawaii, 96704
(808) 328-8084

Pua Mau Botanical Garden

The Pua Mau Botanical Gardens is located on the western side of Kohala Mountain, just north of Kawaihae harbor.

Peacocks frequent the Puna Mau Botanical Garden

Open Daily 9am-4pm
Pua Mau Botanical Garden
10 Ala Kahua
Kawaihae, HI
(808) 882-0888

Map of Big Island Botanical Gardens

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