Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

‘Ohana Day tours are a bargain for residents

By PAT JENKINS

TGI

Editor

The monthly free tours of Allerton Garden might be one of the best

deals on Kaua’i.

Not only is the price unbeatable, but the walk-through

that takes about two hours to finish leaves people wanting more, said Lee

Rosendaal, one of the tour leaders.

“A lot of people come back again and

again. It’s such a beautiful place,” she said.

Open first to Kaua’i

residents (visitors are included when there’s room), the ‘Ohana Day tours are a

gift to islanders from National Tropical Botanical Garden. The non-profit,

Kaua’i-based organization trains botanists and runs the 100 acres of gardens

that were designed by Robert Allerton as part of the Lawa’i Valley home he

lived in before dying in 1964 at the age of 91.

The house is not part of

the tour. But hundreds of flowers and plants, plus fountains and statues are.

The tour requires a lot of walking, mostly on flat ground. There are some

stairs, making wheelchair accessibility difficult. Wheelchairs can be

accommodated if planned for, however.

The ‘Ohana Day tours — the next one

is Aug. 19 — are on the third Saturday of each month.

Reservations are

required, and because the spots fill up fast, organizers recommend signing up

well in advance by calling 742-2623.

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