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Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Kilauea

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Na ʻĀina Kai Botanical Gardens (240 acres (97 ha)) are nonprofit botanical gardens located at 4101 Wailapa Road, Kīlauea, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. A variety of guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday; an admission fee is charged for each.

Na ʻĀina Kai was established by Joyce and Ed Doty in 1982. In 1999, it became a nonprofit organization and opened to the public. Today it contains 13 gardens, a hardwood plantation, meadow, canyon, and beach. More than 200 bronze sculptures are sited throughout the estate. Highlights of the Gardens include:

International Desert Garden - cacti, succulents, and other desert plants including aloe, agave, a tamarind and several baobabs.

Poinciana Maze - a hedge of mock-orange plants, with topiary and sculptures surrounded by a lava rock wall.

Shower Tree Park & Kaʻula Lagoon - hibiscus, ixora, firecracker flowers, and flowering trees, with lagoon, waterfall, and Japanese-style teahouse.

"Under the Rainbow" Children's Garden - wading pool, treehouse, train, log cabins, bridges, tunnels and slides.

Wild Forest Garden - heliconias, gingers, noni, ylang ylang, cardamom, vanilla, and ornamental bananas, as well as cacao and cinnamon trees.Special displays have been created representing the lives of three Indigenous American peoples:

Hawaiian Ahupua'a - depiction of a pie-slice-shaped Hawaiian land division that reaches from the mountains to the ocean. Includes a mosaic tile pictorial; 14 bronze sculptures representing people engaged in traditional activities; native plantings; and an "ocean" with fiberglass native fish.

Navajo Compound - Backed by a concrete mountain depicting Monument Valley, Arizona, the Navajo Compound includes 36 bronze sculptures of people and animals. The 12 bronze people are engaged in typical activities and modeled after living Navajo people.

Alaskan Athabaskan Village - Athabaskans were chosen from all of the Alaskan tribes because they have ties with the Navajos and they live in an area which lends itself to an interesting display. There are 7 bronze people engaged in common practices and 12 bird and animal sculptures.The hardwood plantation (110 acres) contains African Mahogany (Khaya senegalensis), Big-leaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Blue Mahoe (Hibiscus elatus), Caribbean Pitch Pine (Pinus oocarpa), Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), Indian Blackwood (Dalbergia latifolia), Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo), Iroko (Chlorophora excelsa), Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum officinale), West Indian Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), Moreton Bay Chestnut (Castanospermum australe), Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Palu (Manilkara hexandra), Pheasant Wood (Andira inermis), Queensland Maple (Flindersia brayleyana), Teak (Tectona grandis), West Indian Cedar (Cedrela odorata), and Zebra Wood (Astronium graveolens)
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  • The Na Aina Botanical Gardens are a must-see site for all visitors and locals in Kauai. Not only is the beauty of nature astounding on its own, but it is an even more enhanced experience when... 
    The Na Aina Botanical Gardens are a must-see site for all visitors and locals in Kauai. Not only is the beauty of nature astounding on its own, but it is an even more enhanced experience when...  more »
  • My wife and I enjoyed the self-guided tour aspect of these gardens. The ability to roam free and view everything was definitely worth it! I suggest a camera or good cell phone camera since there are.....  more
    My wife and I enjoyed the self-guided tour aspect of these gardens. The ability to roam free and view everything was definitely worth it! I suggest a camera or good cell phone camera since there are.....  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens and sculptures. Enjoyed our tour with Jackie. She is an excellent tour guide!!! This was the only garden that could accommodate a wheelchair user and she was fine riding on the tram. We appreciated their willingness to make it possible for all of us to tour together. And we were able to see the Laysan Albatross family up close! What a treat! Thanks for a wonderful morning at the gardens!
  • Our guide, Ann, was so fun and knowledgeable! She had so much information and the “scratch and sniff” part of our tour was very interesting! The grounds are beautiful, and to hear about the origins and the development of the gardens made it all the more personal. The brass statues just added a personal note to the entire theme. Flora and fauna, albatross babies and a beautiful ocean views… great way to spend the day! I would definitely recommend this Botanical Gardens, and if you can… ask for Ann!

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