Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the Big Island

This week’s Sunday Still’s theme “Tropical,” reminded me of my own first trip to Hawaii, to the Big Island to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

I was immediately in love.

Not just because it was my anniversary.

And in spite of the fact that it was raining heavily in Hilo and I get enough of that in my hometown of Seattle.

I was smitten with the island because it was warm and lush and fragrant and all I hoped Hawaii would be.

It was on that first trip that we took the scenic drive north to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden at Onomea Bay.

and walked the paths though tropical foliage, swallowed up by giant plants that dwarfed us;

and stopped to enjoy a tropical waterfall,

and beautiful orchids,

and flowers I have long since forgotten the names of,

until we ended up at Onomea Bay and I almost had to pinch myself that I was really there.

There have been many trips to Hawaii since, and all were wonderful, but the first will remain in my memory as the most special.

And as I plan the next trip to the Big Island – this time to celebrate our 37th Anniversary – I will make sure it includes a stop at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the northeast side of the island and lovely Onomea Bay.

I can hardly wait.Ā  šŸ™‚

~ Susanne

11 Comments on “Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on the Big Island

  1. Susanne, your pics are beautiful and great thumbnails of what to expect at HTBG! I love the Hilo area and Onomea Bay and Hamakua coast are the epitome of Hawaii for me!

  2. Lovely. We are unlikely to ever get to the Big Island, so I appreciate coming along with you on this trip.

    • They’d love it! There are a lot of cats on the Big Island of Hawaii in Hilo; I remember they lived outside in the park and banyan trees and people fed them daily. There’s also a cat sanctuary on the island of Lanai though I’ve never been there. So they would be welcome in Hawaii for sure! šŸ™‚

  3. Seems like we’re all visiting the gardens for this challenge! It’s such a great place to visit. One thing I like about the scenic drive that passes the garden is that it used to be part of the main highway around the island. Today, you can drive around the island in a long day, but back when that scenic route was the highway, it’s not hard to see why it took a lot longer.

    • When she posted about the garden I couldn’t resist getting out my pictures too! I so enjoyed my visit there including that section of road. I didn’t know it had been part of the old highway. What fun to take that all the way around!. Thanks for your comment. šŸ™‚

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