2249 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Enjoy a browse in the garden before dinner at the Plantation Restaurant.
What began as a hobby garden by Alexandra "Sandie" Moir, the wife of the Koloa Plantation Manager Hector Moir, has become celebrated world wide as one of the best cacti gardens to see. She planted numerous cactus in the 1930s that continued to thrive in the arid, rocky soil and was opened to the public to visit in the 1950s.
Many of the plants have moved outside of the original boundaries, adding to the size of the garden. Here, you'll also find water lily-filled lava rock ponds, koi and a variety of orchid and catus species. Also known as Pa'u a Laka (meaning "skirt of Laka," the Hawaiian goddess of hula), the gardens are free to visit.