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Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
4101 Wailapa Road
Kilauea, Hawaii 96754
Voice: 808-828-0525

Although Kauai is not an arid desert isle, you won’t know it as you wander through Na Aina Kai’s hilly garden of succulents and cacti imported from around the globe. An elaborate drainage system, south-facing slopes, and tropical sunlight provide perfect growing conditions for aloes, agaves, an Asian tamarind, a Texas ebony tree, several African baobabs, and other hardy, water-storing plants.

Warm days, cool nights, high humidity, a peat moss bog, and plenty of insects – what more could a meat-eating plant desire? Fog-enshrouded several times each day thanks to the wonders of modern technology, this otherworldly environment is home to several species of temperate and tropical carnivorous plants, including butterworts and pitcher plants. This foggy, boggy situation is also perfect for many ornamental plants including colorful orchids, fragrant gingers and the carnivorous plant imitators, Dutchman’s pipe and calico vine. Maidenhair ferns flourish on the dripping wet wall situated in the shade of the huge cut work leaves of monstera plants.

Winding through one of the least tamed areas of Na Aina Kai, a gently sloping path descends to the ocean alongside Kuliha’ili stream. Here, beneath the shadowy rainforest canopy, ferns, bamboo and spongy mosses abound. So, too, do heliconias, gingers, noni, ylang ylang, and ornamental bananas. There are even chocolate trees, nutmeg and cinnamon trees, cardamom, ginger and vanilla vines to spark your culinary imagination. Listen closely to hear the songs and calls of indigenous or exotic song birds such as the white-rumped shama (one of the most gifted songbirds on the planet).

The founders of Na Aina Kai developed their extraordinary artistic and horticultural vision based upon their strong love for the land and the people of the tropics.

Spanning 240 acres, Na Aina Kai is a living mosaic of 13 diverse and bounteous gardens, a hardwood plantation, a moss- and fern-draped canyon, and a pristine sandy beach stretching between a meadow and the aquamarine waters of the Pacific. Gracing the gardens and wild areas throughout this once-private estate are more than 70 bronze sculptures, one of the nation's largest collections.



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