Garden & Preserve

5-8291 Kuhio Highway,

Hanalei, HI

(808) 826-1053

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Built on the footprint of our Hawaiian ancestors, Limahuli Garden and Preserve is located on the north shore of the island of Kaua’i in one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands. Home to dozens of endangered plants and birds found nowhere else on earth, Limahuli Garden and Preserve highlights native and culturally-significant species in an authentic Hawaiian landscape.

Limahuli Garden is a pu’uhonua (place of refuge) for an ecological system that honors the connection between nature and humanity, where indigenous traditions live in the 21st Century. At Limahuli NTBG adapts ancestral resource management practices to address contemporary conservation challenges and restore health, function, and resilience to the valley. This approach is known as biocultural conservation. By visiting or volunteering in the garden you become part of our team and part of the solution.

Register to be a Limahuli Garden volunteer.

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Limahuli Garden History

For at least 1,500 years the Limahuli Valley has been a Hawaiian place. Today, Limahuli is one of of the last easily-accessible valleys with intact archaeological complexes, native forest, pristine stream, and the presence of the descendants of the valley’s original inhabitants caring for it.

Limahuli Garden Self-Guided Tour, North Shore, Kaua`i

Explore at your own pace

About the Tour
Ancient terraces, ancient wisdom, life and relationships with the land, the forest, and the water… the stories unfold as you open your guidebook and make your way through this special place. Envision what the valley might have looked like when the first Hawaiians arrived as you follow the path through the native forest walk. Discover the plants that traveled with them in their canoes and how their culture was inseparable from the plants that sustained them. Contemplate the impact of plant invaders and learn what is being done today to protect fragile ecosystems. Ascend to the Whale Trail and take in the dramatic panorama of the ocean. Feel the spirit of Limahuli.

Important Information:

– For visitors driving to the Garden, reservation is highly recommended due to the limited parking space. Please click the “Book Tour” button on the left to make a reservation. Parking is included with the purchase of tours.

– Visitors to Wainiha/Haena area are encouraged to use the shuttle service via No reservation is required for visitors arriving by shuttle.

– Please check the Hawaii Department of Transportation website for road closures prior to coming to the Garden.

– The Garden parking lot is reserved for visitors on Limahuli Garden tours only. It is a violation of our policy to leave your car and go to any other location besides our Garden. This policy is strictly enforced.

Garden is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Last check-in is 3 pm, and the entrance gate will be closed at 3:15 pm. Please check in 15 minutes before the reservation time.

Tour Duration: 1.5 hours (recommended minimum)

Tour Fees:

Adults (18 and older) – $25

Kamaʻaina (Bring your Hawaiʻi Driver’s License) – $10

Children (17 and younger) – Free with an adult

What to bring:
– Water bottle (Fill-up station available at the Visitor Center)
– Comfortable walking shoes
– Face mask if you visit the Gift Shop
– Sun protection
– Rain protection
– Insect repellent

Limahuli Garden Guided Tour, North Shore, Kaua`i

Walk the garden with a docent

Explore this timeless place with a small group as the inextricably interwoven stories of Hawaiian history, culture, natural history, and plants unfold during your visit. As you enjoy legends that abound about this ancient valley, you’ll see the features that inspired them. A guided tour offers you a deeper understanding of the delicate balance of the ecosystem in both ancient and modern times, and how today’s stewardship of the land is modeled after the traditional practices of its earliest inhabitants. Our docents are knowledgeable, enjoy ‘talking story’, and are passionate about sharing this living Hawaiian landscape.

This tour is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
This tour is temporarily unavailable until further notice.

Tour Type: Guided Tour
Departure: Tuesday through Friday
Tour Times: 10:00 a.m.
Tour Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
Ticket Prices:
Adults (18 and older) – $40
Children (10-17 years old) $20 with paying adult
*Parking is included with the purchase of all Garden tours. The Garden parking lot is reserved for visitors on Limahuli Garden tours only. It is a violation of our policy to leave your car in our parking lot and go to any other location besides our
botanical garden. This policy is strictly enforced.

Tue Nov 15, 2022

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Don’t miss our Holiday Aloha Market on December 1, 2022! Hand select unique, locally made gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.

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Weekly Aloha Market

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Thu Oct 20, 2022

ʻŌhiʻa Love Fest

Limahuli | 5-8291 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714

Free Admission | Celebrate Hawaiian biodiversity and our beloved ʻōhiʻa with a native plant sale, local vendors, presentations, and more!

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