Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Latest news on Garden operations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Last Updated May 28, 2020

National Tropical Botanical Garden, including our network of five gardens (Allerton, McBryde, Limahuli, and Kahanu in Hawaii, and The Kampong in Florida), is diligently monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We are following the protocols and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Hawaii State Department of Health, and the Florida State Department of Health. We have taken all recommended sanitation, hygiene, and social distancing precautions and, in compliance with government directions, have suspended all tour operations until further notice. 

Please check below for the latest news on visitor programs at each of our five garden locations. When tours resume, we hope that our open-air, outdoor spaces and warm climate will provide some tranquility, rejuvenation, and respite during what may be a time of stress. Please know that your safety and enjoyment when visiting National Tropical Botanical Garden are paramount to all of us who work here. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our headquarters at (808) 332-7324. 

Please see below for the status of Tours and Events for each of our Gardens.

Please continue to check this site for further updates as they are available.

Headquarters, South Shore Visitors Center, McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden, Kauai:

TOURS

We are excited that Kauai Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #10 has been approved by Hawaii Governor Ige, and as of May 22, 2020, outdoor based tours are authorized to resume on Kauai. We are preparing resumptions of our operations to abide by all CDC industry guidelines, enhancing our sanitation protocols, and training our staff, hoping to open at least McBryde Garden by early June. Please check back here for updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or sign up for periodic garden updates at https://ntbg.org/gobotanical/. Once we have a date confirmed for reopening, reservations will be available through online booking at https://ntbg.org/gardens/tours/.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Garden!

SOCIAL MEDIA

During this period, more than ever, our presence on social media offers a great way to learn about NTBG’s critical, mission-driven work in the areas of plant conservation, science, and education. We invite you to visit us regularly on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. There you’ll find Garden news, updated information, photos, videos, links to important articles and other publications, and more. If you don’t already follow us there, please join us.


EVENTS POSTPONED

When it is safe to resume group events, the status of weddings and other private events at McBryde Garden and the South Shore Visitors Center will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Gwen Silva at gsilva@ntbg.org.

Limahuli Garden and Preserve, Kauai:

TOURS

At the request of the Governor of Hawaii, Limahuli Garden tours are suspended. In recognition of the importance of “flattening the curve,” our staff are following CDC guidelines and largely working from home. Garden tours are expected to resume after the CDC and government authorities have announced it is safe to do so. Please check this page for announcements and news updates. When tour operations do resume, reservations can be made at https://ntbg.org/gardens/tours/.

EVENTS POSTPONED

No event postponements to report

Kahanu Garden and Preserve, Hana, Maui:

TOURS

At the request of the Governor of Hawaii, Kahanu Garden tours are suspended. In recognition of the importance of “flattening the curve,” our staff are following CDC guidelines and largely working from home. Garden tours are expected to resume after the CDC and government authorities have announced it is safe to do so. Please check this page for announcements and news updates. When tour operations do resume, reservations can be made at https://ntbg.org/gardens/tours/.

EVENTS POSTPONED

No event postponements to report

The Kampong, Coconut Grove Florida:

TOURS

At the request of local officials, all Kampong guided and self-guided tours are suspended. In recognition of the importance of “flattening the curve,” our staff are following CDC guidelines and largely working from home. Garden tours are expected to resume after the CDC and government authorities have announced it is safe to do so. Please check this page for announcements and news updates. When tour operations do resume, reservations can be made at https://ntbg.org/gardens/tours/.

EVENTS POSTPONED