Senator Fongs Plantation has a rich history. Hiram Fong’s father came to Hawaii to work in the sugarcane fields as a plantation worker. He was the father of 11 children including Hiram. Hiram L Fong was the first Asian-American elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1950 Hiram Fong had saved enough money to buy a 700 acre plantation that is now Senator Fongs Plantation and gardens. Senator Fong passed away in 2004 at the age of 97. The plantation remains a family owned tropical garden and is located beneath the majestic Ko’olau mountain range in Kahalu’u, Oahu. There is an easy 1.5 hour walking tour that takes you through the garden’s lush valley and plateaus of tropical flower gardens, fruit and nut orchards, exotic palms and native Hawaiian plants. Senator Fongs Garden covers a total of 700 acres and rises from 80 feet above sea level to 2,600 feet at the top of the Ko’olau mountains. This Plantation is bigger than all of Waikiki. The Senator divided his plantation into five areas named after the five Presidents he served during his 17 years in the Senate. The landscape you see is exactly what the early Polynesians saw when they first landed in Oahu. Forest of Kukui, Hala, Koa, and Ohio ‘ai. Ti and Pili grass still cover the slopes.
Senator Fongs Garden offers a lei making class for all visitors who wish to pay $6.50 to participate. Discover and appreciate the Aloha Spirit and Hawaiian culture by making your own lei from fresh flowers and ferns found here in the gardens. Senator Fongs Plantation also contains over 70 varieties of fruits and nuts from all over the world, a palm garden with over 80 different varieties including the Lo’ulu, Hawaii’s only endemic palm. Pili grass slopes, now a rarity on Oahu. Ancient Hawaiians used Pili grass to thatch the roofs of their houses. The Garden also contains bamboo, betel nut, breadfruit, Coconut, ginger, Hau, Kamani, kukui, noni, ohi’a’ai, sugar cane, taro, Tahitian chestnut, si, turmeric, sandle wood trees, 100 rare trees that were given by the State Department of Agriculture in 1988, to commemorate the Bicentennial of Chinese immigrants to Hawaii.
Open 10:00am - 2:00pm daily
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
Guided Walking tours at 10:30 and 1:00pm daily
Adult - $14.50
Senior (65+) - $13.00
Child(5-12) - $9.00
Lei making class - $6.50 per lei
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