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Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

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Address: 150 Kanaloa Ave, Kahului, Maui, HI 96732-1116
Phone Number: +1 808-249-2798
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Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a six acre botanical garden nestled in the...

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a six acre botanical garden nestled in the heart of Kahului, Maui, Hawai‘i. Unlike other botanical gardens statewide, MNBG is the only botanical garden in the State of Hawai‘i that primarily features collections of Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plant species within a coastal sand dune environment. The garden showcases Hawaiian plant collections that are specific to the islands of Maui Nui (Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe, and Molokini) and many are endangered and/or endemic to the islands.

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Good if you're studying Hawaiiana

The gardens aren't really what I'd think of as gardens. You won't see a huge variety of flowers, but you will see a lot of trees and plants and maybe one or two flowering plants... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Wasilla, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The gardens aren't really what I'd think of as gardens. You won't see a huge variety of flowers, but you will see a lot of trees and plants and maybe one or two flowering plants. The focus of these gardens is on native plants and trees that have been used for things like food and other practical uses. I'd say... More 

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MNBG_150, Manager at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Aloha! Mahalo for your accurate review! Yes, when most people think of a "Botanical Garden," lust tropical flowers and waterfalls come to mind... but all it really means is that each plant in the collection has a record of where it was collected and is displayed by scientific name. Hawaii's native coastal plants do not have big vibrant flowers, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

I had something going on with my family back home to Philippines so I had to go to the kahului botanical to get some quite times for myself and I did. It was early morning, I had to check it out of how is the place was. Looks clean because now they know who I was and what I was... More 

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MNBG_150, Manager at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by, John Paul! We hope you enjoyed your time at the Gardens :) More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Since I teach wilderness survival and my wife is a shutter bug, we made a special trip to see this. Grounds are great- but couldn't find a guide or anything.

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MNBG_150, Manager at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Aloha Rob. I so sorry you couldn't find a guide. Our docent-led tours are a terrific way to explore the garden while having the luxury of being one-on-one with a trained volunteer guide. Our non-profit required that reservations be made 48 hours in advance, by calling 808-249-2798. You can learn about how early Hawaiians used many natural materials to survive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

There is some up and down walking while viewing the gardens, but walking slowly makes it a easygoing hike. Flowers are so vibrant and such a variety, it makes it hard to decide where to look first. Some palm fronds are just huge, could hide a person behind it. It definitely is a must see.

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MNBG_150, Manager at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I believe you might have visited another garden, as we are located on a coastal sand dune system, and feature drought tolerant Native Hawaiian & Polynesian-introduced plants such as taro, sugarcane, sweet potato, breadfruit and banana. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

This botanical garden does not have showy flowers of the island. It does boast plants indigenous to the island that have served a purpose for the islanders. Plants that have provided medicine, sprears for fishing and ceremonial ink, for tattooing are growing on this relatively small plot of land. However, if you are interested in the culture and sustainability of... More 

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MNBG_150, Owner at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Mahalo for your review! The majority of the lush green beauty one sees along the road in Maui is unfortunately introduced, and much of that is even invasive and threatening our few remaining native forests. We are growing 103 native species and 159 Hawaiian cultivars in an attempt to supply natural areas, landscapes, and farms with the plants that are... More 

Kahului, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This garden is located in the upper part of the 10,000 ft. mountain. This is a photographers paradise. One of my nephews had his wedding there.

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MNBG_150, Manager at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I believe you might have visited another garden, as we are located just above sea level, and feature coastal native plants as well as Polynesian introduced plants such as taro, sugarcane, sweet potato, and bananas. Stop by next time you're in town! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

This is perfect for a lazy afternoon stroll looking at all of the gorgeous Hawaiian flowers and plants. Perfect for picture taking! Cost is only $5.00 and well worth it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

If you wanted to see most of the plants of Hawaii in a single place, this might be it. Overall a small park like location that is nice for a stroll. The cost is $5 a person, worth your time and a fair value. This is a not a "must see" so if you have other things on your to... More 

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Coupeville, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

We enjoyed the hour we spent here & were impressed by the variety of sugar cane, taro, palms, among other plants & trees, both endemic, common & introduced, with informative plaques. The gardens charge a $5 per person donation. We had an extra hour before flying out so were glad to have the opportunity to squeeze this in, as we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

went there for our Botany 101 class, experienced a lot of familiar and not so familiar plants, shrubs and tree's. Very educational, grounds well kept and staff are friendly and helpful as well as educated in the field.

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MNBG_150, Manager at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Mahalo Nui for your kind review! More 

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