Address: 47-285 Pulama Road, Kaneohe (Located under the Ko’alau Mountain Range in Kahaluu)
Telephone: 808 239 6775
Opening Hours: Daily – 10am to 2pm (Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day)
HOW DO I GET TO SENATOR FONG’S PLANTATION & GARDENS
BY CAR – From Waikiki – Head north on Ena Road towards Ala Moana Boulevarde. Take I-H1W, HI-63N and HI-83W to Pulama Road. (18.4 miles/Forty one minutes).
BY BUS – From Waikiki – From Ala Moana Boulevarde and opposite Kalia Road, catch The Bus #19 towards Airport-Hickam. Alight at Ala Moana Boulevarde and Kamakee Street, catch The Bus #55 towards Kaneohe-North Shore – Haleiwa. Alight at Kamehameha HIghway and opposite Pulama Road. Walk 0.8 miles. (One hour and twenty seven minutes).
BRIEF HISTORY OF SENATOR FONG’S PLANTATION & GARDENS
The land where Senator Fong’s Plantation & Gardens is situated was originally owned by King Lunalilo who was the monarch of the kingdom of Hawaii from the 8th January, 1873 to the 3rd of February, 1874. It was purchased in 1950 by Senator Hiram Leon Fong who was the first Asian American to serve in the US Senate.
The gardens were originally operated as a banana plantation supplying the local market. Today it is a seven hundred acre tropical garden and serves as a bird sanctuary and nature preserve.
WHAT CAN I SEE AND DO AT SENATOR FONG’S PLANTATION & GARDENS
Take a one and a half hour (one mile) guided tour through tropical flower gardens, the palm garden with over eighty different palm species, see Pili grass which was used by the ancient Hawaiians to thatch houses, fruit and nut orchards, learn about early polynesian introduced plants and rare sandlewood trees. Guided tours are held daily at 10.30am and 1pm. See website for details.
The Visitor Centre holds Lei making classes and is available for hire for weddings, receptions and private functions. Telephone 808 239 6775 for details and pricing.
- Snacks and refreshments