You can pick up a brochure to tour this 12-acre garden yourself, home to more than 200 native plants as well as Polynesian introductions, but you’ll learn so much more about Hawaiian culture and plants on a guided tour (especially since the lush vegetation can occasionally overgrow pathways and signs). Amy Greenwell, Stanford-educated granddaughter of Kona coffee pioneer Henry Nicholas Greenwell, performed botanical and archaeological surveys in the area and created this “pre-Cook” garden on her estate, which she willed to the Bishop Museum at her death in 1974. Rarities include six varieties of the only native Hawaiian palm tree, loulu, and a highly endangered species of hibiscus. The garden, which has an intriguing gift shop, also hosts a lively farmers market every Sunday from 9am to 2pm.
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Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy 11, mountain side), Captain Cook, across from the Manago Hotel
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sun 9am–4pm; guided tours at 1pm Phone 808/323-3222 Prices $7 adults, $6 seniors 65 and older, free for children 12 and under Web site Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Map82-6188 Mamalahoa Hwy Hawaii (The Big Island)
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