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Peace and Serenity – Botanical Garden Escapes Throughout the Islands
Beyond the hotel and outside of the city, you’ll find tropical oases – some hidden in the hills and others more well known – that offer a different glimpse of Hawaii. Seek the one that will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to another time, where breathtaking vistas, tropical foliage, and quiet serenity will sooth your senses and awaken your spirit.
- While visiting the islands, make an escape to Onomea Valley at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on Hawaii’s Big Island. This 40-acre valley is a natural greenhouse and they say that some of the garden’s enormous mango and coconut trees are over 100 years old. www.HTBG.com
- The Garden of Eden is not a mythical place; it exists on the island of Maui. The Garden of Eden Maui Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, is the epitome of tranquility. You can even catch a glimpse of where they shot the opening sequence of Jurassic Park. www.MauiGardenOfEden.com
- When many visit the island of Oahu, they do not expect to find a huge tropical oasis in the middle of the urban cityscape. But Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens is a hidden treasure located beneath the majestic Koolau mountain range in Kahaluu. View rare and exotic species that would otherwise be unavailable to the general public. www.FongGarden.net
- Limahuli Garden on Kauai’s north shore will transport you back in time to days of old Hawaii. Take in the lush valley and ocean views and experience what it was like when native Hawaiians lived off the land. www.NTBG.org