HANA, Hawaii--The National Tropical Botanical Garden opened its
123-acre Kahanu Garden at Hana, Maui for guided walking tours.
Started 25 years ago, the garden specializes in plants with
significance in Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures. It also includes
Pi'ilanhale Heiau, one of the state's largest heiau (Hawaiian
temple) and 16th century resident of Maui's King Pi'ilani. Visitors
see the heiau on the tour, but are not allowed to enter the sacred
NTBG's priority at Kahanu Garden is the collection and study of
Pacific plants. It claims the world's largest collection of
breadfruit and has extensive collections of native palms, coconut
trees, bananas, vanilla and pandanus. The garden is developing a
collection of rare and endangered coastal species that grows only
The privately funded NTBG has four other botanical gardens, and
with the opening of Kahanu, all five are open for guided tours.
On Kauai, it has the 186-acre Lawai Garden, its research center
and headquarters, at Lawai, near Poipu, and adjacent 100-acre
Allerton Garden. It also has the 17-acre Limahuli Garden near Haena
on Kauai's north shore, and the nine-acre Kampong Garden in Coconut
Grove, Florida. Last fall NTBG opened a visitor center and gift
shop in Poipu, from where visitors are shuttled to the two Lawai
Guided tours are offered at Kahuna Mondays through Fridays.
Admission is $10 per person (12 and under, free), and reservations
are required. Call Kahanu at (808) 248-8912 for more information
and specific tour times.