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On the rugged Hana coast, along the far eastern shores of the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kahanu Garden grows in splendid isolation, nestled in the one of the largest native hala (Pandanus) forests in the Islands. Plant collections from the Pacific Islands are the focus here, particularly plants of value to the Hawaiian people as well as other cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. Kahanu Garden is situated in the storied land of Honoma'ele and home to Pi'ilanihale Heiau, a massive lava-rock structure that is believed to be the largest ancient man made structure in Polynesia. This awe-inspiring cultural site in the garden is registered as a National Historic Landmark.

Visitors to Kahanu Garden will learn about the cultural relationships between people and these remarkable plants that were transported around the Pacific on ancient voyaging canoes. Among the different ethnobotanical collections at Kahanu Garden is the world's largest collection of breadfruit cultivars, which serves as a germplasm repository for this important South Pacific food crop.


Kahanu Garden History

Kahanu Garden History

Kahanu Garden provides a glimpse back in time. The earliest Polynesian voyagers first settled in areas such as Hāna where there was abundant rainfall and fertile soil for reliable farming.

Learn more about Kahanu Garden and the history of the Honomā'ele ahupua`a.

Kahanu Garden Self-Guided Tour, Hāna, Maui

Kahanu Garden Self-Guided Tour, Hāna, Maui
Tour the garden at your own pace

Wander leisurely around the garden and linger at what intrigues you – plants, archaeological and cultural features. You create your own adventure. Meet the people of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia through the plants that are so integral to their culture.

Visit the thatched canoe house and imagine what it might have been like to travel great distances across open ocean not knowing what you would find. Experience the spirit (mana) of the chiefs of old and savor the serenity of this secluded place.

No reservations required. 

Monday through Saturday
Tour Times: 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and holidays
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Tour Duration: 
1.5 hours (recommended minimum)
Ticket Prices: 
Adults (18 and older) - $10
Teen (18-12) - $5
Children (12 and younger) - free
Kamaaina - $7
Hana Residents - free

Kahanu Garden Guided Tour, Hāna, Maui

Kahanu Garden Guided Tour, Hāna, Maui
Walk the garden with a knowledgeable guide

A guided tour of Kahanu Garden will reward you with a deeper experience and sense of place. Your guide will reveal archaeological features and intriguing stories not covered in the self-guided tour, and share with you the captivating tales of a region so rooted in history.

Hear the mo'olelo (stories) of ancient Hawai'i and of Chief Pi'ilani who ruled over these lands in the 16th century. You will see firsthand some of the traditional uses of the plants brought to the islands by the first Hawaiians. Many of our guides grew up in this culturally rich region and are experts in practices and traditions passed down to them by their elders.

Reservations required.

Tour Type:

Monday through Friday
Tour Times: 
11:00 a.m. Monday – Saturday.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Tour Duration: 
2 hours
Ticket Prices: 
Adults (13 and older) - $30
Children (12 and younger) - free
Fri Mar 13, 2020 to Sat Mar 14, 2020

On Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 (10am-4pm) Kahanu Garden in Hana, Maui will be hosting its first botanical illustration workshop!

Posted on Tue Feb 11, 2020

HANA — A space to learn, appreciate and preserve the Valley Isle’s native history and plants — and everything in between — is “rare and special” to find.

But the Hana community came together to build just that with the new Kahanu Garden Visitor and Education Center, located at the entrance to the Kahanu Garden National Tropical Botanical Garden. It offers a place for visitors and residents to learn about the archaeological, botanical and cultural significance of the area.

Posted on Wed Sep 18, 2019

After years of being known for the ‘rustic charm’ of our humble and admittedly under-sized entrance kiosk, exciting changes are afoot at Kahanu Garden and Preserve where our recently completed Visitor and Education Center is now open.

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