Kula Botanical Gardens
This charming botanical hideaway provides a delightful respite far from the madding Maui crowd. Tucked into the slopes of Haleakala, these eight acres teem with thousands of species of rare, lush vegetation. It’s a relaxing stop with an ocean view and serene setting. A self-guided tour meanders alongside a stream and over bridges to a koi pond, taking in the surrounding tropical and semi-tropical flora. From the nene (Hawaiian geese) roaming the grounds to stunning specimens of native koa, kukui, and Hawaii’s famous protea flower, this is a peaceful place to pause and appreciate the Islands’ unique species. The garden is best paired with a visit to Upcountry Maui; drive along the scenic Kula Highway, check out the funky goat dairy and volcano winery, and grab a meal in tiny Makawao. This is Hawaiian cowboy country, and is a very different world than the beaches and resorts at sea level.
This garden is well worth the visit with winding paths filled with flowers. The proteas are magnificent and there are many other beautiful flowers. The "bird sanctuary" was sparsely populated with two nene and a couple of ducks but that wasn't why we came to the garden. Overall it was a lovely way to spend a morning.
Kula Botanical Gardens and More Nearby
638 Kekaulike Ave, Kula, Hawaii 96790