The gardens were created in the 1930s by Alexandra Moir while her husband was manager of Hawaii's first sugarcane plantation, Koloa Plantation, near the site. By 1948 the private gardens were reportedly identified as "one of the ten best cactus and succulent gardens in the world." They opened to the public in 1954.
- "Aloha from Sunny Poipu Beach". web site. Poipu Beach Resort Association. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
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