Kepaniwai Heritage Garden is a beautiful park with exhibits that pay homage to the culture that contributed to modern Maui. There are buildings, gardens, statues, etc., among which are multiple representations of Chinese, Japanese, Neo English, Portuguese, Native Hawaiians, Koreans, Puerto Ricans and Filipinos.
The garden is located on Iao Valley Road (Route 320), the main road leading west from Wailuku to Iao Valley. The park is adjacent to the Hawaii Nature Center. There is a picnic pavilion.
Heritage Garden was established in 1952 to commemorate the diverse heritage of Hawaii’s immigrants and primitive peoples living on the Hawaiian Islands. The traditional structure includes a Japanese tea room, Hawaiian lawn hut, Chinese moon gate, New England salt box, and Portuguese outdoor oven. There are small waterfalls and ponds throughout the garden, which are all the sources of the Iao River. This beautiful park is a great place to have a picnic or relax and enjoy the scenery.
Kepaniwai Heritage Garden facilities include restrooms, picnic pavilions and barbecues. Free admission.
To reach the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens, head west on Highway 32 from Kahului to Iao Valley. Before reaching the city of Wailuku, you will reach the garden.