The Kula Botanical Gardens

I have lived in Kula for almost a year and have never taken the time to go to the Kula Botanical Gardens which is only a few miles from my home. But, last Sunday I remedied that particular remiss and decided to drive up. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect–slightly cool, sunny skies with a light tropical breeze–like I said…perfect.

I entered through the gift store where I paid an entrance fee. The cashier Harlan was a delightfully chatty fellow and I received some history, heard some lively stories and was given a great map of the grounds. Right out the back of the store is a path leading directly to a cage with two Jackson Chameleons which look like miniature dinosaurs. For our entertainment, Harlan came out to feed them a couple of mealy worms. The male was particularly interested and from a great distance flung out the longest tongue I’ve ever seen. It curled around the worm and recoiled in a flash. My photos, unfortunately, I took through the screen of the cage and were not in focus so you will have to imagine this scene.

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The garden path winds down to a Koi pond filled with colorful fish. They didn’t appear afraid of strangers and lazily swam past me several times, probably looking for a handout.

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In this same area was a little waterfall which added to the serenity of the ponds.

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Following the path, I discovered a small bird sanctuary with the Hawaiian Native Goose…the Nene. He looked quite complacent and completely ignored my presence, content to enjoy the sun on his back. He was too far away for a good photo but the foliage in the area was spectacular…Image

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Most of the plants were marked with signage though I was more interested in the colors than the names. In my walkabout I came across a large bird-cage with cockateels and love birds. Unfortunately, again, the cage wire…Image

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So many plants–flowers, ferns, trees, bushes. There were covered bridges and seating areas, sun-rooms for plants requiring more humidity.

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More photos of “local flowers”–anthurium-like flowers, bird of paradise, ‘uki’uki grass, protea (for which Maui is renown) and an array of colorful plants introduced to Hawai’i…

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About this time I ran out of memory in my camera and had to switch to my cell which was low on battery, so I hurriedly took the last remaining photos…especially of my beloved Jacaranda tree on which was the last group of blossoms clinging to Spring.

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And, standing guard over all this beauty are the carved ki’i of Ku, Lono and Kanaloa.

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8 thoughts on “The Kula Botanical Gardens

  1. You really outdid yourself with this one. The flowers were spectacular, and I like gardening. The birds were just what one would expect of Hawaii. The pools were luscious, and so tempting. I just wanted to put my head under that falls. I grow herbs, mint, oregano, basil, peppers, dill, sage, rosemary etc. We also have tomatoes, strawberries and fruit trees (still infants). Our fig tree is blossoming with baby figs. I love cactus gardens and think their flowers are among the most beautiful. We have many purple jacarandas here, and the lovely ammorillo (I’ve got to get one, I
    grew them at my last residence. We had one night blooming cactus that produced a spectacular flower once a year. Thank you for the dreamy pictures that make me want to return to your paradise on earth.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. It does, though, sound like you’re already on a paradise on earth. I’m not growing much because I’m renting. However, my landlord did just take out a rubbish tree, put in sod and my neighbors and I now have a fire pit, a place for a garden, etc. I do grow herbs in pots and we have a ton of flowers, citrus trees, a mango tree in the back. I’m looking forward to growing more veggies. Kula is beautiful though and at night the skies are a world of its own.

  3. Our botanical gardens are to be treasured and supported. Thanks for sharing these photos. They reminded me of many good hours spent at Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota FL during our 7 years living there. They have one of the world’s largest orchid collections. I have tons of photos. Now that we’re back in Tucson, I am looking forward to returning to regular visits and membership in Arizona Senora Desert Museum and Tucson Botanical Gardens.

  4. I agree. I love the botanical gardens. They always do a good job in preserving species that are indigenous to the areas. I remember when I was in Phoenix they had a surprisingly beautiful Japanese Garden. It had ponds and streams, bridges and fish. It was much like Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawai’i. Very serene and restful.

  5. That was wonderful! It’s finally summer her in New England after a very cool spring, but none of our greenery can compare with the tropical paradise you have there. I’m glad you finally got to see the Botanical Gardens.

  6. There are so many fun things to do here. Next week are the polo matches up here in Kula. They are having a hat decorating contest ala Kentucky Derby so I was awake half the night designing my hat…I will take pictures of that event. There is also another Botanical Gardens in Kahului that I’ve yet to go to, so maybe within the next week or two I’ll make it to that one. I probably won’t post as many pictures as one is probably a lot like the other. In Kula BG there is a lovely little Gazebo and I asked Harlan if anyone ever got married there and he told yes, all the time. Just out of curiosity I asked him how much they charge—nothing, only the price of the admission! Now how’s that for a deal?

  7. Aloha Oahuhiking. I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I always enjoy seeing new places. Yes, the Kula Botanical Gardens is in Kula. It’s actually been there quite a while. The Ali’i Lavender Farms are one of my favorite places. Ali’i passed away a couple of years ago, but the farm remains. I go there for lavender scones and lavender tea. It restful, the view is amazing. I know there are also strawberry farms where you can pick your own…it’s on my bucket list.

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