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Lyon Arboretum

3860 Manoa Rd., University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
(808) 988-0456
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Ranked #16 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Gardens, Educational Sites
Description: Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
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Evergreen Park, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great shaded trail, with amazing views & unusual flora. You could spend a few days just on the trail. See if you can get a better trail map than the free one as it is not always easy to tell where you are in the map. Map has some marker posts from trail. Marker posts are usually by a plant... More

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162 reviews 162 reviews
81 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place is relatively close to Waikiki and a world away in terms of its topography. You are in the rain forest and it is lush, green and tropical. This is a property where you have to do the exploring; it is not as formal as a botanical garden and you have to wander to explore the nooks and crannies;... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

When you've had enough of the traffic & congestion of Honolulu/Waikiki drive up Manoa Valley to see what a rainforest looks & feels like. Expect some rain but they do have umbrellas to borrow & bug repellant if it's mosquito time. It's a beautiful place & for a $5.00 donation you could easily spend an entire leisurely day strolling through... More

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Logan, Utah, Usa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

From around the world of tropical climes these plants and trees have been collected and planted in the deep tropical forrest of Manoa. After 50-100 years the have matured and thrived. They are beautiiful and educate you about tropical horticulture.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The gardens were fantastic, so many beautiful flowers and plants. The hike to the fall was well worth the view. It is a short hike so make sure to bring water

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Fort Worth, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

One of our favorite parts of our first trip to Oahu. Beautiful trails full of amazing plants and flowers. An easy hike to the falls. Many native plants and birds - -a family of wild cockatoo's were a special treat to see. The staff and volunteers were very helpful in pointing us to the best trails to check out. We... More

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Bellflower, CA
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The Lyon Arboretum and the hike to Aihualama Falls (recommended by the staff member at the Arboretum) was an unforgettable experience. Many times when I think back to my trip to Oahu, I think of this place. The arboretum itself is gorgeous and filled with plants I'd never seen before, and the hike to see Aihualama Falls was relatively short... More

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The guided tour is a must-do. We took the tour with Ursula who has encyclopedic knowledge of all the plants and their history at the garden. She was so keen to teach and explain, and very kind. We got to smell leaves of the spice garden, guess which pods produce which spice, feel the different textures of tree barks, look... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

A very nice collection of flora and fauna near the entrance to the Manoa Falls Trail. Well worth checking out!

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125 reviews 125 reviews
39 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

well maintained by the Hawaii university, easy walking and exploring the wonderful flora oh Oahu, liked it all, no dislike

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