Limahuli Garden

While we were on vacation my son Eric and I drove to Ha’ena State Park in Kaua’i, which is located almost as far north and west as you can drive on the island, to visit Limahuli Garden National Tropical Botanical Garden. It is a beautiful, peaceful place and an excellent place to see many native Hawai’ian plants as well as some spectacular scenery.

The 700-year-old rock terraces of the Kalo (Taro) garden were very beautiful.

These rock wall terraces in the Kalo (Taro) garden at Limahuli Garden are 700 years old.

700-year-old rock wall terraces in the Kalo (Taro) garden at Limahuli Garden.

Kalo (Taro) at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i

Kalo (Taro)

Peaceful waterfall feature in the kalo garden at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Peaceful waterfall feature in the kalo garden.

View up the mountainside at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

View up the mountainside.

‘Uala (sweet potato) was brought to Hawai’i by the Polynesians as a food crop.

'Uala (sweet potato) at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

'Uala (sweet potato)


There were Mai’a (banana) plants and Ki (Ti) plants in many colors in this part of the Garden too.
Mai'a (banana) tree at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Mai'a (banana) tree.


Ki (Ti) plants, Limuhuli Garden, Hae'na, Kaua'i.

Ki (Ti) plants.

The Pua Aloalo (hibiscus) blossoms were spectacular. Here are some of them:

Hibiscus flower at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Hibiscus flower at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Hibiscus flowers at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Hibiscus flowers at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Hibiscus flower at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

There were other beautiful flowering trees and plants as well.

Royal Poinciana flowering tree at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Royal Poinciana flowering tree.

`Ōhi`a lehua flower, Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

`Ōhi`a lehua flower


Ko‘oko‘olau plant Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i

Ko‘oko‘olau


Heliconia Caribaea at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Heliconia Caribaea


'Awapuhi (shampoo ginger) at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

'Awapuhi (shampoo ginger)


Gardenia at Limahuli Garden Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Gardenia

This beautiful spot for contemplation showcases Hala trees in the background. The leaves (lau) of the Hala tree were woven into useful items by native Hawai’ians, and it is still woven into useful items today.

A lovely contemplation spot with Hala trees at Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

A lovely contemplation spot with Hala trees.

The Makana Mountain ridge makes a beautiful backdrop for the garden. This is the mountain that was popularized as Bali Hai in the movie South Pacific.

Makana Mountain ridge, Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Makana Mountain ridge.

Fiddle-head Fern, Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Fiddle-head Fern.

When I reached the top of the trail I could see the ocean as I looked past Makana.

Looking past Makana to the ocean, Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Looking past Makana to the ocean.

There were many lovely, fragrant Queen Emma lilies on the path back to the visitor’s center.

Queen Emma lily, Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Queen Emma lily.


Even though the Plumeria branches were bare for the winter, they still had beautiful blossoms.
Plumeria plant with winter bare branches and flowers, Limahuli Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Plumeria plant with winter bare branches and flowers.

As I sat under a mango tree in one last contemplation area near the end of the trail I saw a flash of red. I saw a Northern Cardinal foraging in the bushes. Northern Cardinals were introduced to Hawai’i in the late 1920′s. I did not have a telephoto lens with me, but I was able to get close enough to take a photo of him with a portrait lens.

Northern Cardinal, Limhule Garden, Ha'ena, Kaua'i.

Northern Cardinal.


Limahuli Garden and Preserve received the 1997 American Horticultural Society’s award as the best natural botanical garden in the United States. It is a wonderful place to visit.

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3 responses to “Limahuli Garden

  1. Absolutely beautiful querida.
    I spose i will have to go there now. :(

    best wishes,
    steve. :)

  2. annette baesel

    beautiful shots of a paradise on earth. especially love the hibiscus shots. but the greens…so lush….unbelievable…except that I know its true.

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