Everybody's talkin' about Pua Mau Place!

Sunday March 4, 2001
Pua Mau Place Botanical Garden, near Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast, is a 45 acre desert garden set on an exposed rise commanding sweeping vies of the ocean and mountains. Now under development, it will, when mature, be one of the finest public gardens on the island, with beautifully designed displays of tropical trees, flowers, shrubs, an aviary of exotic birds and an ever-blooming hibiscus maze.

volume 4 number 1
February/March 2001

At Pua Mau Place in Kawaihae, brilliantly colored flowers are a year-round delight. That's because this new arboretum and botanical garden specializes in plants that are pua mau, or always flowering. Situated on the west side of the Kohala Mountains with a panoramic ocean view, the 15-acre (so far) garden features a maze planted with 250 species of hibiscus. When you successful navigate the maze, you'll arrive at the Magic Circle, where stones are lined up with the setting sun a la Stonehenge. Pua Mau also has a bird aviary with about 150 pea- and guinea-fowl. The nonprofit garden, which operates to "protect, preserve and propagate plant life indigenous to the arid climate of the Big Island and promote continuously blooming plants" is open 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays.

"Our walk takes us by numerous plantings amidst a backdrop of huge rocks that have been artfully relocated to provide added visual interest. We tour specially designed garden areas with plants too numerous to mention which provide an opportunity for the visitor to have a variety of botanical experiences as diverse as the plant population."

January - April, 2001


In 1974, Dr. Virgil Place and some friends stood on the western slopes of the Kohala Mountain Range on Hawaii's Big Island and said, "Let there bloom a garden in this arid, wind-blown, lava strewn land." And so it is - Pua Mau Place, a 40 acre tropical garden oasis, still in it's infancy, is growing above the Pacific Ocean on the North Kohala Coast.



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Pua Mau Place
Arboretum & Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 44555 ~ 10 Ala Kahua ~ Kawaihae, Hawaii 96743 USA
808 882-0888