The Visitors Center at Limahuli Garden was constructed as a model for conservation of natural resources that is aesthetically in balance with the garden environment and the popular architectural design of the area. The core structure is a 10 x 32-foot office trailer that has been transformed into what appears to be a home much like those that would have been set among the taro fields of the area a hundred years ago. A modified, double-hip roof was added, similar to those commonly used on the plantation houses, and a wrap-around porch surrounds the structure. The building was painted “Hanalei green,” a color often identified with the north shore of Kaua‘i, which harmonizes with the majestic mountains behind it.
Environmental conservation practices are demonstrated by a photovoltaic system that converts the sun’s rays into electricity to power the Visitors Center building, thus making it energy independent. Adjacent restroom facilities contain composting toilets, the first permitted in Hawai‘i for commercial use.
The Center opened in 1995. It is located just inside the gates at the entrance to Limahuli Garden. There is a visitor orientation area in front of the building. The check-in point for garden tours is inside, as is a gift shop that features a selection of merchandise of botanical and cultural interest.