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Lyon Arboretum

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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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Like a secret tropical rainforest.

The Lyon Arboretum is like a secret, tropical rainforest. Not many folks, including locals, visit this place even though it borders the insanely popular and congested Manoa Falls... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Lyon Arboretum is like a secret, tropical rainforest. Not many folks, including locals, visit this place even though it borders the insanely popular and congested Manoa Falls trail. The arboretum sits at the top of Manoa Valley, a little more than a mile above the Univ. of Hawaii - Manoa, which manages this place. I came here for the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Wow! This place is amazing. You could spend all day here wandering the grounds. The fauna and flora are top ten in the world. Take a tour and get an in depth look at what this amazing place is all about. Afterwards get a cup of tea at the Robert Louis Stevenson tea house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for some peace and quiet; this is a beautiful place to hike, relax, and enjoy the rain forest. It is an easy walk up to the Aihualama Falls which is well worth the effort. These falls are not as large as Manoa falls and are less a tourist destination than Manoa falls and thus much less... More 

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It was hot and humid but what do you expect? There were so many cool trees, flowers and fruits that I'd never seen before! What a cool place. The waterfall at the end was just a bit of a trickle when we got there.

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Follow the road by Manoa Trail and you find the University of Hawaii’s Lyon Arboretum. Walking through the Arboretum is “free.” All they ask if you just sign a “waiver” in the small shop that sells items like tee-shirts and drinks. Donations are appreciated. Lyon Arboretum is a first class “botanical garden” and recognized as one of our nation’s best... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

It was an interesting visit to see these crazy large trees that are so unusual and exotic. Grounds could be kept up better and it was not as large as we expected. But it was nice to see, just would have been nice to have at least a little coffee shop or something to enjoy the visit more.

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Goulburn, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We visited the Arboretum after reading TA reviews and it was well worth the visit. We were warned that although the weather is perfect in Waikiki you are likely to get rain up in the hills - which we sure did! We caught the bus, $2.50 for the journey which was under 1 hour. Most people were heading to Moana... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We visited here one morning and it was a wonderful time. If you are not familiar with all manner of plants, take the guided walking tour. We did and it was both fun and educational. And not educational in a 'Please stop boring me' way. Instead, we talked and looked and picked and learned. Just an excellent way to spend... More 

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is a free botanical garden to visit with in Oahu but they do ask for donations. Nice trails to hike and a waterfall you can hike to without much effort. Great place for plant/flower photography and some scenic photo opportunities. It probably will rain while your are there so take a poncho or light rain jacket.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The trails and plants are beautiful. The very large trees (Albizia) are being removed - one should see these amazing trees before they are all cut down. They are being cut down for good reason and the trails will still be lovely.

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