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Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

big island/hamakua
Adventure/Public Recreational

27-717 Mamalahoa Hwy
Papaikou, 96781

Tropical Plants, Banana Groves


Hours of Operation:

    9 AM–5 PM
Tropical Plants, Banana Groves

Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

The Big Island's Tropical Treasure

If you find yourself exploring the enchanting "Heavenly Hamakua" region of the Big Island, be sure to carve out some time for a visit to one of the most breathtaking botanical havens you'll encounter: the Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden.

This magnificent rainforest sanctuary stands as an exemplar of natural beauty and is celebrated as one of the most exquisite destinations in Hawaii, a reputation it wholly deserves.

This garden was generously gifted to the world by Dan J. Lutkenhouse, a San Francisco-based businessman. Today, it thrives with over 2,000 plant species, an array that includes diverse varieties of orchids, heliconia, gingers, bromeliads, and palms, all thoughtfully interspersed throughout the garden. Nature's own waterworks, including the enchanting Onomea Falls, along with a picturesque vista of Onomea Bay, further embellish this verdant tapestry.

Guided by the garden's provided map, you'll find yourself captivated for hours, meandering through the various enchanting sections of this lush paradise. Every twist and turn leads to new botanical wonders.

Located approximately 1.5 miles down Onomea Scenic Drive, the garden's parking lot awaits on the mauka side of the road. While the admission fee may seem a tad steep, it's an investment that yields boundless dividends in the form of unparalleled natural beauty.

The garden also boasts a splendid Bird Aviary, featuring a lively congregation of parrots, macaws, and other vibrant tropical avian inhabitants. Be sure to embark on the loop that leads to Bay Vista Point, where you'll find welcoming benches offering spectacular views of Onomea Bay.

The Hawai‘i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden resides on the lush Hamakua Coast, situated 8 1/2 miles north of Hilo, just off Highway 19. Immerse yourself in this botanical wonderland and let the serene beauty of Hawaii's tropical treasures envelop you.

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