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Kula Botanical Gardens
This well-kept garden has assimilated itself naturally into its craggy 8-acre habitat. There are 2,500 species of plants and trees here including native koa (prized by woodworkers) and kukui (the state tree, a symbol of enlightenment). There is also a good selection of proteas, the flowering shrubs that have become a signature flower crop of Upcountry Maui. A flowing stream feeds into a koi pond; nene and ducks roam; and a paved pathway dotted with benches meanders throughout the grounds. www.kulabotanicalgarden.com. COST: $10. OPEN: Daily 9--4.