Nani Mau Gardens are located on Hilo Island, Hawaii. The gardens feature 53 acres of tropical flowers and plants. The name 'Nani Mau' translates to 'Forever Beautiful' in Hawaiian, the gardens opened in 1972 to the public.
Visitors to the gardens will be able to view 20 acres of landscaped displays of native and exotic plants, an orchid garden, rare palms along with tropical fruit orchards. Visitors to the gardens can take a ride on the garden tram which takes approximately 30 minutes, on this ride visitors will see the tropical birds, take in the exotic aromas and view the many flowers, this tram ride features a narration which provides history and culture of the traditional Hawaiian use of the flowers at the garden. Visitors can also take themselves on a self guided tour of the gardens.
One of the displays at the garden is the Fruit Orchard which features star fruit, mulberry and lychee trees. Visitors are welcome to pick a Hawaiian Orange and have a taste. The unique Noni fruit trees grows at the gardens, this plant has been used in traditional Hawaiian medicine for years, it is said to take away aches and pains, along with reducing high blood pressure. Nani Juice can be purchased from the gift shop.
Also located at the gardens is the garden restaurant which serves an Island Buffet lunch. The buffet lunch features stuffed salmon, oriental chicken, green peas & Shrimp salad along with drinks. A gift shop is also located at the gardens and sells many exclusive Nani Mau items.
Nani Mau Gardens also have the ability to host banquets and special events such as weddings, corporate functions and fundraisers. Staff at the gardens is able to create ethnic and continental food buffets that are set with the theme of the function. Visitors to the gardens will leave relaxed and amazed at the beauty of Hawaii's nature.