I have always had a love for gardens, especially botanical gardens, even though I had never visited one before. However, I had never seen anything like the Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden. That is until we decided to take a trip across the island one weekend and visit one. It has to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, at least in my eyes. You get to see waterfalls, flowers, trees, the ocean, and so much more. I could spend hours upon hours there, and plan on going back. It will be easier now that we live on the same side of the island.
Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden
Although the waterfalls are not huge waterfalls like the Akaka Falls, they are a beautiful sight to see. There are several of them cascading throughout the botanical garden, you can get mesmerized just by sitting back and listening to the water flow, allowing the sounds and smell of nature wash over you.
Then there are the flowers! OH MY, OH MY; the flowers. You will find an area that is dedicated to orchids where you will find all kinds of this unique and beautiful flower. Many of them you wouldn’t even realise were in the orchid family if it weren’t for the signs identifying the many species. These are one of, if not the single favorite flower of mine, as I spent a good portion of our time there pouring over the many colors, shapes, designs, and smells of the marvelous gifts of nature. My husband, on the other hand, was thankful for all the benches available in this area of the garden! Really, can you spend “too much time” being surrounded by flowers like this?
You’ll see flowers of all sorts, many that you have seen before and some that you wouldn’t think were real, even after seeing them. As my husband said, some of those flowers look so real they could be fake!
The botanical garden isn’t just flowers and waterfalls. There are spots you can walk to that are right off the ocean, giving you a beautiful view of the blue water as it crashes against the cliffs, see the fresh-water streams flow into the ocean, or watch some lizards dance around on the railings while you sit back and enjoy the ocean breeze.
There is also a tribute to the Hawaiian God “Ku”, who watches over the gardens. Hey, someone has to keep an eye on the place!