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Kauai is known as “The Garden Isle” for its tropical rainforests, fertile valleys and lush flora. So it’s not surprising to find some of Hawaii’s most beautiful botanical gardens on Kauai. You can find three of the nation’s five National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai: the Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden on the South Shore, and Limahuli Gardens in Haena. McBryde Garden is home to the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora in the world, while Allerton Gardens features amazing landscaping and the giant Moreton Figs made famous in the film “Jurassic Park.” The 17-acre Limahuli Gardens offers endangered native plants, taro-filled agricultural terraces and beautiful views of the North Shore.
Other botanical gardens and plantations include Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Smith’s Tropical Paradise Botanical Garden and the Kauai Coffee Plantation. You can also take a tour of Hanalei’s taro farms to learn about this versatile Hawaiian root starch.
Part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Allerton Garden is home to numerous rare and exotic species of plants. It's also been used a setting for popular films like "Jurassic Park."More
Visit Hawaii's ONLY remaining Rice Mill (on the National Register of Historic Places), where the past meets the present. Learn about Hawaii's agriculture and cultural history, view endangered native water birds, and explore the cultivation and uses of taro, a traditional Polynesian food source.
Anaina Hou is a nonprofit gathering place on the North Shore of Kauai. Today, we are pleased to offer Mini Golf & Gardens, a Café and Gift Store, hiking and biking the Wai Koa Loop Trail, two weekly Farmer’s Markets, a Playground and Skate Ramps, Kilauea Night Market, Free Movie Nights and more.
Spanning 240 acres, Na 'Aina Kai is a living mosaic of diverse gardens, a hardwood plantation, a moss- and fern-draped canyon, a tranquil meadow and pristine sandy beach. Gracing the gardens and wild areas are more than 160 bronze sculptures.
Eight-acre Steelgrass Farm – so-called after a nickname for bamboo, a member of the grass family with a mechanical strength that rivals metal — is on Kauai’s East side, above the town of Kapa’a, between Sleeping Giant and Mt. Wai’ale’ale. We grow Chocolate, Vanilla and offer popular farm tours.
Garden Island Chocolate is the premier gourmet Hawaiian chocolate company. We make organic dark chocolate bars,(85% cacao) chocolate truffles and a hot chocolate drink. We have guided chocolate farm tours and tastings every Mon, Wed, & Friday at 9:30am. The tours are very popular so book in advance.
Named one of "50 Places of a Lifetime in America" by National Geographic Traveler. Allerton Garden is a botanical garden and landscape architecture masterpiece filled with tropical plants, water features and sculpture and part of the network of National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai.