Hiram Fong, the first Chinese American elected to the U.S. Senate, served 17 years before retiring to this 725-acre tropical garden years ago. This land originally belonged to King Lunalilo; Senator Fong purchased it in 1950. The landscape you see today is relatively the same as what early Polynesians saw hundreds of years ago, with forests of kukui, hala, koa, and ohia-’ai (mountain apple). Ti and pili grass still cover the slopes. It’s definitely worth an hour—if you haven’t already seen enough flora to last a lifetime.
Senator Fong’s Plantation Gardens
47–285 Pulama Rd., Kaneohe
Our Rating Neighborhood Take the H-1 to the Likelike Hwy. (Hwy. 63); turn left at Kahekili Hwy. (Hwy. 83); continue to Kaneohe and turn left on Pulama Road Hours Daily 10am–2pm; guided walking tours Sun–Fri 10:30am and 1pm Transportation Bus: 55; it’s a 1-mile walk uphill from the stop Phone 808/239-6775 Prices Admission $15 adults, $13 seniors, $9 children 5–12 Web site Senator Fong’s Plantation Gardens