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Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens Kilauea

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Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
4101 Wailapa Road
Kilauea
HI
96754
Tel: 808.828.0525

Where are we going today?

Hawaii has some beautiful landscapes and gardens, and the Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens just keep adding to it!

These amazing gardens offer 240 acres of lush tropical gardens that the whole family can explore via guided tours. 

There are numerous areas within the gardens, filled with unique landscapes and sculptures. 

Let's not forget the highlight for the kids - the Children's Garden of course! many surprises are in store for families who venture under the rainbow Jack's pond, or try and take on the gecko maze. Kids can play all day in the rubber tree tree-house, or explore a tropical jungle with bridges, tunnels and slides,.

Ever though a garden would have a kid-sized railroad train? The Children's Garden at Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens does! They even have log cabins, and a covered wagon made from teak wood all among the kid-friendly paintings. 

To enjoy this garden, just book on a family tour or join in Keiki Day, which is offered once a month. This is a playday where kids can enjoy that great garden, but take a towel and be prepared to get wet!

Beautiful nature and kids fun all in the sunny state of Hawaii - sounds perfect!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTours from $35
  • Children$10 (over 1 yr) for Keiki Day. Tours from $20
  • Free Under: 12 months for Keiki Day
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Tours either 8:30am, 9am, 9:30am or 1:30pm

All year round. Closed Mondays

I'm Hungry!

They sell snacks such as candy and chips, as well as soda and water!.

Any Top Tips?

Keiki Day is 9am - 1pm, with last entry 12pm. on a select Saturday a month.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff if you have any questions about accessibility or disabilities, .

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop where you can pick up a number of gifts and soveniers!.

More information

Each tour has different departure times and dates, so check the details when you book!.

What people are saying?

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    We visited the gardens on a Tuesday and were very fortunate to have Mrs. Joyce Doty, the founder of the gardens, as our tour guide. She told many wonderful anecdotes about the early struggles of making the gardens as well as giving a lot of insight on the thoughts behind each section of the gardens. It was a great tour--the gardens and statues are beautiful. The statues are very whimsical and we discovered that Mrs. Doty has a great sense of humor. A must see if you are in Kauai.

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    Came here to attend a late afternoon wedding in Na 'Aina Kai's teakwood forest and wedding dinner afterwards at the former residence of the Dotys (the house has a 360 degree view of Pacific Ocean). We had a private tour after the wedding through the different areas of the garden.

    Everything about the garden was designed (or envisioned) by Mrs Doty, the original owner of the garden, including the lake and waterfall in the middle of the garden and the hills where the Japanese Teahouse is at. There are custom life-size bronze statues (think Norman...Read More

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    A truly magical place.

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    I had a wonderful morning at these incredible gardens. This is truly a "hidden gem" on the North Shore. There is a lot of variety here, from a wild forest garden to a formal Japanese garden complete with traditional tea house and pond. Take the tour with Luane if you can, she is most knowledgeble about the flora (and the fauna!) and good fun to be around.

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    This was a wonderful afternoon event. We took the three hour riding and partial walking tour thru the garden. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The gardens have over 150 different sculptures, tons of landscaped ponds and other water features, and many acres of plans and forested tree plantings.

    Tip: Bring some bug spray as you will want some in the more lush areas. They did provide spray but ran out before everyone could get any.

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by Karen V Chin

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Came here to attend a late afternoon wedding in Na 'Aina Kai's teakwood forest and wedding dinner afterwards at the former residence of the Dotys (the house has a 360 degree view of Pacific Ocean). We had a private tour after the wedding through the different areas of the garden.

Everything about the garden was designed (or envisioned) by Mrs Doty, the original owner of the garden, including the lake and waterfall in the middle of the garden and the hills where the Japanese Teahouse is at. There are custom life-size bronze statues (think Norman Rockwell or Thomas Kinkade-inspired) throughout the garden. Be sure to use bug spray if you plan to be anywhere outdoors here.

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