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The rich volcanic soil, tropical climate, and plentiful rainfall make the Hawaiian islands the perfect place for garden lovers! Because many varieties have been brought in from around the world, the diversity of floral experiences available on the islands of Hawaii is almost endless. Flowers thrive in all types of environments here, from lush tropical valleys to arid mountaintops, and everything in between. In addition, there are a number of great botanical gardens in Hawaii.
On Kauai, perhaps the best place to spot flowers is at the McBryde Garden valley, part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens system. Here in this broad valley, a number of native and introduced species flourish side-by-side. Maui's best garden might be the Kula Botanical Garden on the cool mountain slopes of Haleakala, where you can see beautiful African protea flowers growing. There are also a number of other great spots to see flowers on Maui, including the gardens and roadside flowers along the Highway to Hana town and the gardens near Iao Needle. Oahu, despite the excitement and urban jungle of Waikiki, has an excellent county garden system, including Foster Garden in downtown, Koko Crater Garden, and Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden on the east side of the island, among others. On the Big Island, there are beautiful flowers in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as in a number of spots around Hilo. Actually, the truth is that the best place to look for flowers in Hawaii is wherever you end up, because there are flowers all over the place!