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Lyon Arboretum

Address: 3860 Manoa Rd., University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
Phone Number: (808) 988-0456
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Valley of the Rainbows Oahu Small Group Adventure
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Ranked #20 of 124 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Educational Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres...
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Type: Educational Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
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Central Pa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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5 helpful votes 5 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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Los Angeles
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We went to the Lyon Arboretum to do a short hike and enjoy the scenery. When we arrived, we happened to be just in time for a guided tour, which was really a private tour since there was no one else there. It was very informative and we learned much about Hawaii's native and non-native plants. The tour ended at... More 

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Honolulu
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Located in the very back of Manoa Valley, it's best to visit with a rental car. When you hit an impossibly rutted road, just soldier on you're on the right path. wonderful trails for wandering through the greenery. Be sure to visit the little gift shop for local souvenirs.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We've been here several times. We always enjoy the tranquil setting and enjoyable walk through absolutely gorgeous natural areas. Beautiful for photography. The bugs like this place too so bring mosquito repellent

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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216 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you enjoy tropical flowers, and fauna, then the Lyon Arboretum; located at the back of Manoa Valley is an excellent place to visit.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great visit to this HUGE garden. Many nice walking trails. The waterfall is a trickle so might not be worth your effort to go all that way.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Lyon Arboretum is a lovely cool lush place to go to see Hawaiian plants & trees. It is a big collection. Easy to access by car or bus, it is hidden away in Manoa valley. Trees and plants are labeled and there are paths to explore on. NO fee. There are trails to walk & explore. You might want... More 

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Lots of wonderful Pacific fish and animals to learn about here. Very easy pathways between open tanks and the building's inner spaces with all kinds of under sea treasurers.

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Benson, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It is a long bus ride from Waikiki - but worth the trip. Not what we expected. Thought there would be more flowering plants. Really need a guided tour to get the most out of the visit. I'm a city kid so know little about vegetation. Happy to get this information. Some plants are poisonous so keep an eye on... More 

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