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Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Kilauea

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Na ʻĀina Kai Botanical Gardens (240 acres (97 ha)) are nonprofit botanical gardens located at 4101 Wailapa Road, Kīlauea, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. A variety of guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday; an admission fee is charged for each.

Na ʻĀina Kai was established by Joyce and Ed Doty in 1982. In 1999, it became a nonprofit organization and opened to the public. Today it contains 13 gardens, a hardwood plantation, meadow, canyon, and beach. More than 200 bronze sculptures are sited throughout the estate. Highlights of the Gardens include:

International Desert Garden - cacti, succulents, and other desert plants including aloe, agave, a tamarind and several baobabs.

Poinciana Maze - a hedge of mock-orange plants, with topiary and sculptures surrounded by a lava rock wall.

Shower Tree Park & Kaʻula Lagoon - hibiscus, ixora, firecracker flowers, and flowering trees, with lagoon, waterfall, and Japanese-style teahouse.

"Under the Rainbow" Children's Garden - wading pool, treehouse, train, log cabins, bridges, tunnels and slides.

Wild Forest Garden - heliconias, gingers, noni, ylang ylang, cardamom, vanilla, and ornamental bananas, as well as cacao and cinnamon trees.Special displays have been created representing the lives of three Indigenous American peoples:

Hawaiian Ahupua'a - depiction of a pie-slice-shaped Hawaiian land division that reaches from the mountains to the ocean. Includes a mosaic tile pictorial; 14 bronze sculptures representing people engaged in traditional activities; native plantings; and an "ocean" with fiberglass native fish.

Navajo Compound - Backed by a concrete mountain depicting Monument Valley, Arizona, the Navajo Compound includes 36 bronze sculptures of people and animals. The 12 bronze people are engaged in typical activities and modeled after living Navajo people.

Alaskan Athabaskan Village - Athabaskans were chosen from all of the Alaskan tribes because they have ties with the Navajos and they live in an area which lends itself to an interesting display. There are 7 bronze people engaged in common practices and 12 bird and animal sculptures.The hardwood plantation (110 acres) contains African Mahogany (Khaya senegalensis), Big-leaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Blue Mahoe (Hibiscus elatus), Caribbean Pitch Pine (Pinus oocarpa), Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), Indian Blackwood (Dalbergia latifolia), Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo), Iroko (Chlorophora excelsa), Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum officinale), West Indian Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), Moreton Bay Chestnut (Castanospermum australe), Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Palu (Manilkara hexandra), Pheasant Wood (Andira inermis), Queensland Maple (Flindersia brayleyana), Teak (Tectona grandis), West Indian Cedar (Cedrela odorata), and Zebra Wood (Astronium graveolens)
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  • Na Aina Kai is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the US. The Kauai climate makes an ideal place for such a garden. This garden was started in 1979 on a barren piece of land on Kauai's....  more »
  • We go every year. We learn about plants, albatross and Kauai. We love the sculpture. The place is familiar, yet new because they change things. The light always reveals something new to us. Love good....  more »
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  • Just breathtaking. A must see if you're on Kauai, especially if you garden, love plants / nature, or like great views. Very accessible -- property is 240 acres, so tour guides drive you around in a cart & stop to let you get out & walk around. Tour is long though, which is good if you're stoked to go, but not great if you're just tagging along. Usually very, very hot, so bring water & dress accordingly. And also be sure to take your camera or a charged phone.
  • Fantastic place we just stumbled on to while exploring the island. A botanical and sculpture sensation. That the ride and walk tour.

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