Tour The Garden

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When you step into Hi‘iaka’s Healing Herb Garden, you will enter an oasis—a place where footpaths wind serenely through a lush acre of the world’s most powerful and exotic plants.

tours001Hi‘iaka’s Garden tours offer the perfect way to spend a peaceful half hour or an entire afternoon. A trip to Hi‘iaka’s Garden makes a wonderful gift for nature-loving friends and family and a one of a kind experience for you while you’re visiting the Big Island.

Meet your guide, Hi‘iaka’s creator and certified Master Gardener, Barbara Fahs, for a unique healing experience. As Barbara’s extensive plant knowledge and warm sense of humor delight and enlighten you, you’ll discover nature’s medicine for such common ailments as migraine headaches, colds, toothaches, PMS, depression, insomnia, smoking and other addictions, and more:


  • See over 100 species of Hawaiian plants, including endangered medicinal plants from Hawaii and other tropical areas.
  • Explore the colorful folklore and history of medicinal plants.
  • Get professional tips and tricks for creating a high-yield herb garden in your own backyard and see how the information in Barbara’s book, Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens, has been put into practice.
  • Visit Hi‘iaka’s gift shop to sample teas, tonics and tinctures and other herbal products, all made from the bounty of herbs growing in Hi‘iaka’s Garden.


tours003We offer our tours by appointment for adults, senior and children. Self-led walking tour, fully guided tour, school groups, senior organizations and other civic groups welcome: Special rates and activities apply. Please contact us for details. We can custom design special activities for your group that will enhance their visit! 

To schedule, call us at (808) 966-5956 or e-mail:


Driving Directions:

FROM THE AIRPORT: From the terminal building at Hilo airport, drive approximately 1 mile to the traffic light at Hwy. 11. Turn left onto Hwy. 11.

FROM HILO: Take Hwy. 11 south through town and follow the signs to Kea‘au and Pahoa.Drive approximately 6 miles to the traffic light at the intersection of Route 130 (Kea‘au-Pahoa Road). The signs will direct you to Pahoa and Kalapana. Turn left onto Route 130 and drive another 6 miles to Paradise Drive. Turn left onto Paradise and continue down the hill almost 4 miles until you get to 2nd Street. The streets also have names: 2nd St. is also called “Aloe” on the street sign. Turn left on 2/Aloe and proceed 4/10 of a mile. The Garden is on your right: if you notice the telephone poles, they are numbered: Hi‘iaka’s Garden is between poles 8 and 9. There are 2 Norfolk Pine trees at the top of the
driveway and a sign nailed to one of them with the street address on it, which is 15-1667. You’ll also see our sign on the tree: it reads “Healing Herbs.”

Come down the driveway and park in front of the larger house.


Recent photos:

WWOOFer Leah Hardeman planted four new pineapple plants.


WWOOF volunteer Leah Hardeman stands next to our collapsed "Hale basil" (Basil house), which was blown over during a strong wind.
WWOOF volunteer Leah Hardeman stands next to our collapsed “Hale basil” (Basil house), which was blown over during a strong wind.