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Address: 3860 Manoa Rd., University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
Phone Number: (808) 988-0456
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Description: Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and...
Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
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I Was IMPRESSED!

This is a must go...my wife wanted to take every flower and plant with her. The staff was amazing and quite kind. We shall vbisite again in the Fall.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Rancho Cordova, California
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Rancho Cordova, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This is a must go...my wife wanted to take every flower and plant with her. The staff was amazing and quite kind. We shall vbisite again in the Fall.

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Maple Grove, MN
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had a wonderful visit in 2013. We were really looking forward to our return in 2015. Checked the website to remember the directions and even downloaded the app. When we stopped in the office to make our donation and receive a map, we were informed that the majority of the grounds were closed for some sort of tree cutting/renovation... More 

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Miami, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We took the #5 bus and got off at the last stop. We walked about a half mile to the arboretum which is run by the University of Hawaii. We enjoyed hiking around the 193 acres of mature trees. I called my 97-year-old cousin who lived here 50 years ago to see if he knew of this place. He did... More 

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Winnipeg
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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This is a terrific hike for those who are somewhat fit, not for those with minor mobility problems. the climb is uphill most of the way, and can be slippery after a rain. The forest will surprise you with a splendid array of plants, flowers and trees. Very enjoyable!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

No place better to spend a slightly rainy day than a hike in a rain forest. First there was the hike to the falls, which took about 45 minutes. Then there is a labeled side trail we took near the falls. It ends at a spectacular overlook. The trees are beautiful, trail was great, but the hike is primarily uphill.... More 

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Buena Park, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was surprise that not too many local people know about this place. Maybe, it's a best kept secret!!!. Without the GPS, you will get lost. It's nice & quiet place.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Nice peaceful place at trail head of Manoa Falls hike. Interesting trees. nice views. Good place to contemplate. Children would be bored. Wouldn't go just for this alone. But if going to restaurant or hike, nice add on feature.

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Yorba Linda, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Although well managed the grounds feel as if you've just walked in to a natural setting. Lots of trails to walk. Well labeled plants. A beautiful, informative nontourist part of Oahu. Don't want to repeat M.E.A's review so read that one for details. Bring walking shoes and water. It can get warm.

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Central Pa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We didn't have the time to take in all that is here to see and explore, but the natural beauty of the arboretum is breath-taking. I'd suggest you avail yourself of the 1 hour escorted tour if you have time. It's like stepping into another world in the tropical rainforest environs.

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Westminster, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Truly a highlight of my visit to Oahu, maintained by the University of Hawaii, I happen to visit just before the plant sale opened and was very impressed with the variety and quality of the plants offered. The hike was well marked and informative, don't miss the Sulfer Crested Cockatoos escaped & multiplying in the rain forest.

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