jueves, 17 de septiembre de 2015

Botanical garden of Eden, Ruta Hana, Isla Maui, Hawaii, Estados Unidos

On the mauka side of the Hana Highway, half-mile past mile marker 10, you'll find The Garden of Eden Arboretum & Botanical Garden. We usually don't go into details about private gardens or businesses. But this garden is the exception to the rule. It's one of our favorite stops on the entire drive. The garden is most popular for its debut in 'Jurassic Park,' where the opening sequence of the movie was filmed, specifically the Keopuka 'Jurassic Park' Rock which can be seen from one absolutely gorgeous lookout inside the garden. View a map of the Garden of Eden.

Foto cedida por Sandra Cohn. Hawaii

The 25-acre site was purchased in 1991 with a vision of restoring the area's natural ecosystem with Hawai'i's native and indigenous species. Along the way the opportunity arose to include exotic plants and trees from the South Pacific region and tropical rain forests throughout the world. Today there are over 500 botanically labeled plants, including the most extensive collection of Ti plants in Hawai'i. Ti has a long history of usage by the Polynesians in ceremonies and rituals and is still considered one of Hawai'i's most culturally useful plants. You can also catch a good look at Upper Puohokamoa Falls (our next stop) from within the garden. Several domesticated animals live inside the garden including peafowl, chickens, ducks, geese, and even some horses. Expect to spend about an hour or two at the garden. There is an admission charge of $10.00 per person as of this printing, but it is well worth it. The garden is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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