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.
Kahanu Garden reviews
This is a little off the beaten track, but it is well worth visiting. The heiau is amazing, and the grounds provide a pleasant and education walk. more »
We LOVED the ancient temple! The meeting place with the dugout canoe was really interesting. The grounds and views are nice too. We went in early afternoon on a week day. We only saw about 6 more... more »
Polynesian temple in the garden was really cool. Garden would be interesting stop if new to the islands, to learn about local trees.
The road to the garden is a bit rough and is best suited to a SUV type of vehicle. Although we did see sedans at the visitor parking. If for no other reason the $10.00 per person admission is worth it just to use the restrooms at the visitor parking. There is a water cooler on the lanai. We did the self guided tour and all of the placards matched up with the supplied guidebook. It took us about 35 minutes to complete the tour route. Remember the words of wisdom, "The coconuts when they fall are silent killers, so don't go walking under the coconut trees." 😉 We saw a buncha coconuts lying on the ground to add credence to the warning.
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