Lawa'i Road, Po'ipu, South Kauai
This botanical gardens actually consists of two gardens: Lawa'i and Alberton Gardens. Lawa'i is a 186-acre preserve chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964. This magnificent garden claims the world's largest collection of rare and endangered plants. The Herbarium alone contains 26,000 speciments of tropical flora. Alberton is a 100-acre oceanfront garden. It was originially planted in the 1870's by Queen Emma who came here after the death of her husband and only child. The garden features sculptures, pools, fountains and flowers set among pathways that follow the stream and ocean. Tours also view the Alberton Estate house and Queen Emma's cottage.
Take Highway 50 from Hanapepe toward Lawa'i. Just past Mile Marker #11 turn right on Koloa Road (Highway 530). Continue to Po'ipu Road and turn right again. The road forks near the ocean, go right on Lawa'i Road. Entrance to the garden is located across the street from the Spouting Horn Park about one mile down Lawa'i Road on the right.
Tours of the gardens take 2 hours and are given at 9am, 10am, 1pm, and 2pm on Tuesday thru Saturday
Tours depart from the visitor center/gift shop
Reservations required for tour - call 808-742-2623
Admissions: $30/adult; $20/children under 12