Exotic Travel: Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden

An array of botanical beauty awaits visitors to this enchanted place.
Tropical Beauty

Tropical Beauty

This tropical flower, Etlingera hemisphaerica var. Pink, is one of the beautiful specimens featured at the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens on the big island of Hawaii.

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This tropical flower, Etlingera hemisphaerica var. Pink, is one of the beautiful specimens featured at the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens on the big island of Hawaii.

In a tiny corner of Hawaii lives an almost magical spot filled with unusual plant life and sounds of native wildlife unlike any heard on the mainland. The Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden is a delight to visit and sure to be among the highlights of any trip to the Hawaiian Islands. It is well maintained and offers surprises around every corner.

You will be amazed by the colors. The varieties of ginger alone make up an intoxicatingly rich palette. The wide spectrum of green surrounds you from below your feet to high above you in the towering trees and palms. It is paradise indeed.

Tropical Beauty

This tropical flower, Etlingera hemisphaerica 'Pink Tulip', is one of the beautiful specimens featured at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens.

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Zebra Plant

Zebra plant or Calathea zebrina found among the many specimens at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Ocean View

Ocean view inside the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

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Serene Waterfall

The waterfall inside the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden offers a lush, contemplative setting.

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Tahitian Ginger

Alpinia purpurata is among the many varieties of ginger shown at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Bright Eyes

Saraca thaipingensis is among the many flowering plant varieties on display at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Towering Palms

Tropical trees and palms inside the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden tower overhead.

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Native Hawaiian Hapu'u Pulu

The hapu'u pulu plant is one of the many native Hawaiian plant varieties found at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Red Jade Vine

This twisty vine, Mucuna bennettii, drapes from one tree to the next in the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Purple Waffle Plant

The purple waffle plant, or Hemigraphis alternata, lines many of the bedding areas of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Wax Ginger

Tapeinochilos ananassae is among the many varieties of ginger shown at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Blue Ginger

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora, which is not really ginger at all, is one of the featured plant varieties at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Magnificent Medinilla

The delicate Medinilla magnifica is one of the hundreds of flowers on display at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the big island of Hawaii.

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Tropical Ground Cover

Selaginella (sp) is among many of the mosses and ground covers showcased at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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'Jungle Queen'

The pink and lovely Alpinia purpurata is one of the many ginger varieties shown at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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'Colombian Orange'

Heliconia orthotricha, or 'Colombian Orange', is among the many heliconia varieties shown at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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'Golden Torch'

It is easy to see how Heliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata got its name, 'Golden Torch'.

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Hanging Lobster Claw

Heliconia rostrata 'Ten Day'  is one of the many heliconia varieties shown at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Calathea Lindeniana

The Calathea lindeniana is among the many plant specimens shown at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Cacao Tree

The Theobroma cacao, or cacao tree, shows off its lovely fruits and flowers at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Cacao Flower

Theobroma cacao hang delicately from the cacao tree at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Cat's Whiskers

Orthosiphon aristatus is among the plethora of unique flowering plants that fill the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Tropical Mosses

Selaginella umbrosa is one of the many moss and ground cover specimens that line the garden floor of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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'Pink Maracas'

It is no wonder how these pink maracas, or Zingiber spectabile, got their nickname.

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Bat Plant

The unique bat plant, or Tacca integrifolia, is among the many spectacular specimens at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Bananas

This banana tree, Musa x paradisiaca 'Ae Ae', is one of the many varieties growing at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Anthurium Cupulispathum

The Anthurium cupulispathum is one of the hundreds of beautiful flowering plants among the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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The walk through the garden is pleasant on even the warmest days due to the shade cover and trade winds blowing off the cool Pacific waters. Traveling comfortably, you are free to take in the unexpected splendor along the trails, such as waterfalls, a tropical bird sanctuary, an orchid garden and, of course, the ocean view. You will also undoubtedly cross paths with a native ferret or two.

Plant life is abundant here with more than 2,000 species. The gallery only scratches the surface of what you will see in this amazing garden in a valley on the ocean. Tucked neatly away in Onomea Bay, this lush oasis is perfect for a day trip. Combine it with a lovely drive to nearby Hilo for the farmer's market. 

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