World Botanical Gardens, Hilo, Hawaii | CruiseBe
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World Botanical Gardens

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botanical garden, nature, landmark


World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls is a commercial botanical gardens with a large waterfall, located between Umauma and Hakalau, at the corner of Leopolino Road and Hawaii Belt Road, State Highway 19, 16 miles north of Hilo, Island of Hawaiʻi, Hawaii. The gardens are open daily with an admission fee. Major features include Kamaʻeʻe Falls, a 100-foot (30 m) waterfall, the second largest maze in Hawaii known as the Children's Maze, over 10 acres (0.040 km2) of arboretum, and many specialized garden areas.

The gardens were founded in 1995 with 300 acres (1.2 km2) of agricultural land bordered by the Umauma River and extending up Mauna Kea's slope from the failing sugarcane companies that formerly dominated the Hamakua coast. The Rainforest Walk was the first portion open to public touring on July 4, 1995.

In 2008 the Umauma Falls overlook and its surrounding 90 acres lease ended. World Botanical Gardens retained the Rainforest Walk and lower gardens (including Maze and Arboretum).

In 2009 the garden officially opened a zip-line tour known as Zip Isle Zip Line Adventure descending into the Hanapueo stream gulch. This was to become one of many adventures that would initiate the collection known as Botanical World Adventures. The adventures include World Botanical Gardens, Zip Isle Zip Line and in 2011 the addition or Segway Off-Road Rainforest Adventure.


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