The major destination of Day 7 is Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. We saw a lot of tropical flowers and recognized a few ones that we also had in Taiwan.
It is only 20 minutes from Hilo, and the road to the garden (Old Mamalahoa Highway) is one of the most scenic drives on the Island. Many parts of the road were covered with trees.
The admission was $18 USD in 2017 and has become $20 USD in 2018. It is a bit pricey, but I think it is worth a visit.
What we did
We followed the map and slowly walked through the garden. The most memorable plant is the various ginger flowers along the broadwalk. I’ve been eating gingers for so long, but I had never seen their flowers until this day. Some looked like a beehive in the above picture, and some looked different.
There is a birdhouse with 4 parrots in the middle of the garden. I don’t think I saw one in the past few years. I think I need to visit a zoo next time and refresh my memory.
The garden is by the sea, but the weather wasn’t so nice anymore. It rains a lot on the eastern part of Big Island, and that is why it is so green with lots of tropical plants here.
I was glad that we finished touring the garden in the cloudy weather. Soon after we left, we encountered heavy rain. It is a nice experience to see different plants and flowers. It makes me want to visit some other botanical gardens and see more!