Hawaii’s Big Island Plantations, Farms and Gardens
While the western side of Hawaii, the Big Island boasts a rugged lava coastline ideally suited to aquaculture, the island’s eastern side is graced with verdant soil and abundant rain. From Hilo to Hamakua, farms and botanical gardens flourish under golden sunshine, offering a spectrum of experiences for anyone interested in agricultural tourism.
Among the island’s notable gardens are Hilo’s Liliuokalani Gardens, a Japanese garden complete with bonsai trees, rock gardens and canal bridges; Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden featuring over 2,500 species of tropical plants; the World Botanical Gardens with impressive Umauma Falls and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, in the Volcano area, housing the largest orchid collection in Hawaii.
On the western or Kona side of the island make sure to visit one of the many dozens of coffee farms in the region’s volcanic slopes in Holualoa, Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua. Take a tour and find out what makes 100% Kona coffee so unique and flavorful.
Be sure to check out the upcountry ranches of Waimea with their cattle, sheep and goats and the district’s award-winning fresh flowers and produce.