Kahanu Garden and Preserve is a botanical garden located on the Hana Highway (close to the 31-mile or 50-kilometre marker) near Hana, Maui, Hawaii. It is one of five gardens of the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Garden, the others being McBryde, Allerton, and Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kauaʻi, and The Kampong in Florida.Take a look at our Hana trip planner to schedule your visit to Kahanu Garden and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
The garden was established in 1972 on Maui's northern coast, with rugged black lava seascapes, and is surrounded by one of Hawaiʻi's last undisturbed hala (Pandanus tectorius) forests.
The garden's ethnobotanical collections focus on plants traditionally used by Pacific Island people. It includes the world's largest breadfruit collection, first established in the 1970s. Today the garden contains accessions of approximately 150 varieties of breadfruit collected from field expeditions to over 17 Pacific island groups in Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia, as well as Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Seychelles. This collection is used for research and conservation by NTBG's Breadfruit Institute.
Other garden holdings include bamboo, banana, calabash, coconut, kava, kamani (Calophyllum inophyllum), loʻulu (Pritchardia arecina), sugarcane, taro, turmeric, vanilla, and bitter yam (Dioscorea bulbifera).
Kahanu Garden is open to visitors. An admission fee is charged.
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This is a big garden, which features many plants introduced by early Polynesians and some endemic Hawaiian plants. It's worth a visit if in the area but likely not worth a visit as a destination...
This is a big garden, which features many plants introduced by early Polynesians and some endemic Hawaiian plants. It's worth a visit if in the area but likely not worth a visit as a destination... more »
If you want a taste of the real Hawaii, you must visit this Kahanu Garden branch of the National Tropical Botanic Gardens. It is a canoe garden, showcasing and safe housing the plants the Polynesians.... more
If you want a taste of the real Hawaii, you must visit this Kahanu Garden branch of the National Tropical Botanic Gardens. It is a canoe garden, showcasing and safe housing the plants the Polynesians.... more »
the only thing that makes me sad is that this facility could be the most epic disc golf course in the history of the world. people would flock here to disc golf. had a hard time thinking about anything else other than the beautiful fairways, pin positions and tee boxes.
Beautiful and peaceful stroll through history. Would recommend stopping here first to learn about the plants and culture that make Maui so magical. It was fun to look for some of the plants and foods that we learned about on our other hikes throughout our stay.
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