Pua Mau Place Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Kawaihae

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Pua Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden (45 acres) is an early-stage, nonprofit arboretum and botanical garden located off Highway 270 at 10 Ala Kahua, Kawaihae, on the dry slopes of the Kohala Mountain Range on Hawaii (island), Hawaii. It is open daily with an admission fee.

The garden was established in 1974 by Dr. Virgil Place and friends to specialize in ever-blooming (pua mau) woody plants. Its stated mission is to promote awareness of, and conduct research on, the uses of flowering plants in a Hawaiian arid environment for ornamental, agricultural, and bio-regional purposes.

The garden currently features a maze planted with over 200 varieties of hibiscus, outdoor sculpture, and an aviary with about 150 peafowl and guineafowl. Plants are marked and an information booklet is available.

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  • The Pua Mau Place has a collection of the most amazing plants I have seen. In addition, the location beside the ocean makes it a setting that is wonderful.  more »
  • Cynthia was a lovely and informative docent for the facility. It does look like it is struggling from lack of business. So, GO! Wear sturdy shoes, and enjoy the eclectic gardens!  more »
  • For a small donation this is worth an hour of wondering around the space. Don't expect anything fancy, think more roadside dive. The lady running the site is very knowledgeable and likes to teach. She seemed to know a little bit about everything plants, animals and history. I do recommend using mosquito repellent that is offered at the entrance.
  • Great although I came during posted hours and the gates were locked.

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