About half a mile beyond mile marker 8 you'll find our next stop on the mauka side of the road, Kula Botanical Gardens. Kula Botanical Gardens is home to nearly 2,000 species of indigenous Hawaiian flora and fauna.
The true king of this garden is the showy protea. Established in 1968 by Warren and Helen McCord as a display garden for Warren's landscape architecture business, the garden has evolved into a tourist destination that draws thousands of visitors every year. We continue to be an entirely family owned and operated business and take pride in sharing our garden with you. The garden is located on the slopes of Haleakala and encompasses 8 acres of colorful and unique plants, amazing rock formations, a covered bridge, waterfalls, koi pond, aviary and new attractions including the carved tiki exhibit. Kula Botanical Garden has hundreds of varieties of plants for you to enjoy and photograph. Plants are labeled with their botanical name, common name, and country of origin. Included in the garden is a collection of native Hawaiian plants. Children especially will enjoy the Jackson Chameleon exhibit, Nene geese, African Cranes, and Aviary.