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Few Words About Us

Nani Mau Gardens, nestled in the heart of Hilo, Hawaii, has a fascinating history that has unfolded over the decades. In 1972, this enchanting haven was first opened to the public, thanks to the vision of a Japanese immigrant. With remarkable dedication, this visionary transformed a humble 22-acre papaya patch into the tropical paradise we know today.

In May 2012, the garden welcomed a new steward, marking the fourth chapter in its story. This time, a Chinese-American from California took the helm, bringing with her a profound vision of creating a space steeped in peace and harmony—a place where all could come to experience the presence of the divine. It became a sanctuary, a place of solace and spiritual connection.

Fast forward to May 2022, and a new era began at Nani Mau Gardens. Dr. Cindy Cui and Mrs. Helen Koo, joined by a select group of partners, embarked on a journey to rejuvenate this iconic garden and its accompanying restaurant. Their collective mission: to transform it into the Mauli Ola Center, a name that translates to "Breath of Life, Power of Healing." This vision is a testament to their commitment to not only preserving the garden's legacy but also enhancing its role as a place of renewal and revitalization.

As the fifth generation of caretakers, they aspire to ensure that Nani Mau Gardens continues to thrive as a destination where the beauty of nature and the spirit of healing converge. Join us on this remarkable journey as we honor the past, embrace the present, and look forward to a future filled with the promise of growth, tranquility, and the breath of life

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