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Ke'anae Arboretum, Maui

#86 of 129 in Parks in Maui
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Keʻanae Arboretum (6 acres or 2.4 hectares) is an arboretum and botanical garden located on the Hana Highway (Highway 360) about 1-mile (1.6 km) west of Keʻanae, Maui, Hawaiʻi, United States.

Before the 1940s the land the Arboretum sits on was used to farm food, medicine and fiber-producing plants. From 1946 until the mid 1950s, it became an agricultural work site for prisoners at Ke'anae Prison Camp. It was established as an arboretum in 1971.
The arboretum lies alongside the Piinaau Stream on taro cultivation terraces and within a rainforest, and contains two short walking trails. It contains about 150 varieties of native and introduced tropical plants, including gingers, hibiscus, papaya, and various types of taro. Trees are labeled with common name, scientific name, and origin.
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  • We went to Ke'anae Arboretum mainly to see the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. We found it fairly easily off the Hana Hwy. It's free! Parking can be tricky. It's an easy walk on an asphalt trail to see all....  more »
  • Keanae Arboretum is at about the halfway point on the road to Hana. It is a park that runs alongside a stream. There is a very impressive array of different types of tropical trees and vines...  more »
  • Nice short walk through the tropical forest. The main attraction are the rainbow eucalyptus trees a couple minutes in. The second half of the trail (after the gate) isn't worth it in my opinion, it starts getting narrow and there isn't much to see.
  • If you have not been to a botanical garden yet then I recommend making the stop, otherwise I would skip this one. It is a quick stop though. We spent maybe 20 minutes here. There are some cool things to see for sure. It is just not a must see on the road to Hana.

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