Amy Greenwell Garden Now Listed for Sale

March 8, 2018, 2:50 PM HST
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A garden that has served many, is now for sale. The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is listed for sale with Hawai‘i Life.

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The complex comprises three parcels with a total of 11.82 acres. The property is home to more than 200 species of native and Polynesian-introduced plants, including 17 listed as endangered.

Owned by Bishop Museum since 1974, for over 30 years the Garden served the public as an educational and research facility focused on plants that grew in the traditional farms and native forests of Kona prior to the late 18th century and the arrival of Captain James Cook.

The Garden closed to the public in 2016 so the search for a new steward could begin.

Located in Kealakekua, south of Kailua Kona, the Garden is set amongst the most intact remnants of the Kona Field System. The property includes a visitor center completed in 2011, an older residence, agricultural structures, and protected cultural sites.


The visitor center contains approximately 1,130 square feet of enclosed space and houses offices, exhibit/retail space, ticket purchase counter and men’s and women’s bathrooms. The total area under roof is 2,137 square feet. The former residence of founder Amy Greenwell is a one story dwelling built in 1955 containing approximately 1,900 square feet. There is an older office building of 1,152 square feet, adjacent carport, 888 square feet work room and 720 square feet nursery.


The three parcels have deed restrictions detailing ethnobotanical use.

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