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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is Big Island's Best

Onomea Falls is a multi-tiered waterfall that drops 120 feet and is the natural centerpiece for the garden; free tours are offered to children on school field trips

Onomea Falls is a multi-tiered waterfall that drops 120 feet and is the natural centerpiece for the garden; free tours are offered to children on school field trips

Blue tango bromeliad; the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located on the 4 mile scenic route just north of Hilo and is considered the best garden on the island

Blue tango bromeliad; the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located on the 4 mile scenic route just north of Hilo and is considered the best garden on the island

In addition to blooming plants, the garden has many giant, century-old trees (including island favorite, the monkeypod tree and a cannonball tree); the garden is the number 1 area attraction on TripAdvisor

In addition to blooming plants, the garden has many giant, century-old trees (including island favorite, the monkeypod tree and a cannonball tree); the garden is the number 1 area attraction on TripAdvisor

Surprisingly there are only three types of orchids that are actually native to Hawaii; today, Hawaii’s orchid growing activities are a multi-million dollar export industry, generating annual sales well in excess of $20 million

Surprisingly there are only three types of orchids that are actually native to Hawaii; today, Hawaii’s orchid growing activities are a multi-million dollar export industry, generating annual sales well in excess of $20 million

The bioreserve contains 2,000  species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera; the 20-acre valley is a natural greenhouse, protected from buffeting trade winds and blessed with fertile volcanic soil

The bioreserve contains 2,000+ species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera; the 20-acre valley is a natural greenhouse, protected from buffeting trade winds and blessed with fertile volcanic soil

Many of the species in the garden were identified, but most (like this one) were not; admission was a steep $25 so I visited alone since Lee had seen the garden a few years ago on a prior visit

Many of the species in the garden were identified, but most (like this one) were not; admission was a steep $25 so I visited alone since Lee had seen the garden a few years ago on a prior visit

The cat's whiskers plant is an evergreen member of the mint family; in tropical areas, like Hawaii, the plant can grow 4 feet tall and flower throughout the year

The cat's whiskers plant is an evergreen member of the mint family; in tropical areas, like Hawaii, the plant can grow 4 feet tall and flower throughout the year

This area served as one of the first shipping ports on the Big Island; in the early 1800s materials were imported to construct a sugar mill with exported sugar following in later years

This area served as one of the first shipping ports on the Big Island; in the early 1800s materials were imported to construct a sugar mill with exported sugar following in later years

Beehive ginger, native to SE Asia, has been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat eye inflammation and burns; academic research has found the plant has antimicrobial properties and an enzyme that may treat colon cancer

Beehive ginger, native to SE Asia, has been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat eye inflammation and burns; academic research has found the plant has antimicrobial properties and an enzyme that may treat colon cancer

Boulder Creek Falls; the garden was founded in 1978 and opened to the public in 1984; 20 additional acres were later purchased in establishing the non-profit nature preserve

Boulder Creek Falls; the garden was founded in 1978 and opened to the public in 1984; 20 additional acres were later purchased in establishing the non-profit nature preserve

The twin rocks at the head of Onomea Bay are said to represent lovers according to Hawaiian legend who gave their lives to protect their village from invaders

The twin rocks at the head of Onomea Bay are said to represent lovers according to Hawaiian legend who gave their lives to protect their village from invaders

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