In Hawaiian, maluhia describes solemn awe and stillness, together with hoo, Hoomaluhia means "to cause or give peace, protect."
The United States Army Corps of Engineers built and designed the 400 acres of botanical gardens to protect the surrounding neighborhoods from the threat of flooding.
Well-kept paths lead visitors through six distinct garden areas that represent flora from the Philippines, Hawaii, Africa, Sri Lanka & India, Polynesia, Melanesia, Malaysia, and Tropical America.
Stop at the visitors' center to pick up fishing poles and spend the afternoon with keiki catching (and releasing) golden tilapia.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walking tours are offered at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays.