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Limahuli Garden

Mrs Juliet Rice Wichman established Limahuli Garden in 1967 to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the valley. She gifted Limahuli Garden to the National Tropical Botanical Garden in 1976. The botanic garden sits in a lush valley surrounded by jagged mountains. The Limahuli Valley is a sacred site and its name means 'turning hands'. The Limahuli stream falls over a 1000 foot waterfall before passing through the valley to the ocean. This provides a range of habitats Hawaii's indigenous species with fresh and marine environments.

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National Tropical Botanical Garden, 3530 Papalina Road, Kalaheo, North Kauai, Hawaii, USA

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  • over 3 years by A Traveling Gardener 5 / 5

    The tour guides try hard to convince you the only way to see the beauty of Kauai is by helicopter and the Napoli cannot be enjoyed but by guided activity. Yet this garden will give you a glimpse of all of this in a most enjoyable stroll. You drive nearly to the end of the road of the northwest shore of Kauai. The 1000 acre valley garden rises up from the entrance gate. Lush and green surrounds you. Mountain peaks and unique plants are well labeled and described in the accompanying booklet provided with your admission. Plants in Hawaii arrived by wind, water and wing, the garden illustrates these contributions.

    The crowning glory is “The Whale Trail.” Here you have a sweeping view of ocean. You have raised beds built from volcanic (moss) rock. The plants are native Hawaiian and the effect is sublime. The Alula (Brighamia insignis) is scattered throughout this garden, extinct in the wild it is thriving and blooming here. It looks a bit like a baseball bat with a crown of bright green leaves and pale yellow flowers. For a very modest admission you may have hours of Hawaiian delight.

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Limahuli Garden Photograph © Karl Gercens
Limahuli Garden, Hawaii Photograph © Karl Gercens
Limahuli Garden, North Kauai Photograph © Karl Gercens
Limahuli Photograph © Karl Gercens