Nani Mau Gardens, Big Island

Its name couldn't have been more appropriate. Nani Mau literally means "forever beautiful." Over 50 acres of lush greenery, exotic flowers and native palms can be found in this tropical garden, with plenty of shade and rest stops for a day of leisurely strolling.

About half the land is filled with various native flowers, some of them found only in Hawaii. The orchid gardens and tropical fruit orchards are some of the biggest draws. The paved pathways wind beautifully, giving you excellent views of the garden from all angles. Along the way, you'll pass an anthurium grove, ginger garden, hibiscus garden, ferns and palms, and a number of small waterfalls.

Visitors can opt to get around on foot or join a narrated tram tour. While on the tram, a guide offers interesting bits of information on the history and function of each native plant. If you prefer to go around alone, you can pick up a garden map free from the administration office and explore the area as you please.

After hours of exploring, visitors can take a break at the garden restaurant, where a delicious Island Buffet is served every day. This is al fresco dining at its best: imagine helping yourself to the best local fare while sitting under the shade of rare trees. You can also check out the gift shop near the exit, which offers various Nani Mau logo items and souvenirs.

Hours:

Admission:
Adults: $10
Children (ages 4-10): $5
Kama'aina (Hawaii residents): $7
Seniors: $7
Buffet lunch option (includes admission):
Adults: $17
Children: $14.99
Seniors: $14.99
Kama'aina: $15

Nani Mau Gardens Overview

  • 53 acres of beautiful tropical flowers and plants
  • Garden first opened to the public in 1972
  • Visitors can choose a self-guided tour or a narrated educational tram tour
  • Island buffet lunch available at the Garden Court Restaurant
  • Gardens are completely accessible for people with disabilities
  • Parking is free

Location:
421 Makalika St, Hilo HI 96720


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Reviews and Comments:
 
Iam just now writing this review - Went in July 2011 - This place was the best. Staff were fun, informative and very safe! The sites, the pictures can not do them justice. GO!GO!GO!
Angie, Thu Apr 04, 2013