Na Aina Kai Garden



 
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Na Aina Kai ("Lands by the sea") Botanical Gardens is quite the hidden gem in . Most know Kilauea for the lighthouse, but this wonderful 240 acre garden is not to be missed. With 70 life size (some bigger then life size!) bronze statues scattered through out the property and something for everyone: waterfalls, pools, arbors, topiaries, colonnades, gazebos, a poinciana maze, a lagoon with spouting fountains, a Japanese teahouse, and little path along a stream that leads to the ocean. Even those that don't think they like botanical gardens will have a change of heart after going on one of the tours.

The vision of one of the original founders, Joyce Doty, was to have the gardens be an ever evolving work of art that they are still achieving today. Tours are done Tuesday through Friday; a variety of different tours are offered, from 1 1/2 hours ($35) to 5 hours ($85) long, ranging from casual, guided strolls and rides in the covered CarTram to treks from one end of the gardens to the ocean. It just depends on what you are interested in seeing. If you are travelling with kids I suggest the family tour; it's great for everyone and the kids get to play in the  water park at the gardens. If you happen to be here on their Keiki Day (usually the last Saturday of the month) it's only $10 for kids to go in and enjoy the childrens garden.

Not only are the gardens a great spot to come and learn about flora and fauna of Kauai, but they also do weddings and events here. With many options of where they can hold your special day or big event, you are sure to end up with beautiful venue.