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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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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a...

Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.

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Beautiful collection of plants

The Manoa Valley setting for the Arboretum is stunning. The Hawaiian Ethnobotanical garden is particularly interesting. A great place for a relaxing walk.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Amanda S
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58 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Manoa Valley setting for the Arboretum is stunning. The Hawaiian Ethnobotanical garden is particularly interesting. A great place for a relaxing walk.

Thank Amanda S
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even though we went soon after a rain fall we still had a nice hike but at times slippery. Make sure you have hiking shoes on or at least sneakers. About a half day trip.

Thank adelzurob
Holland, Michigan
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339 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful flowers, and very nice gardens laid out. I didn't have time to explore them all, but what I did, was fabulous.

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80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take a stroll in an authentic Hawaiian Rain Forest full of local flowers, trees and birds. Well maintained by UH Manoa for the public to enjoy the natural beauties of our island. Just across the valley from where I have lied 32 years. Each visit is a treat! Often have amazing plant/orchid sales there.

Sydney, Australia
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91 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Lyon Arboretum is situated at the end of a winding road behind Honolulu, in the Manoa Valley, an extension of the University of Hawaii, it has the charter to conserve, curate and study native Hawaiian plants, and the increase the appreciation of the unique flora of Hawaii. Very pleasant to walk the many trails in the 200 acres, some quite... More 

1 Thank Robert W
Santa Cruz, California
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The arboretum has decent trails that you can hike even when it is raining. There are some interesting plants and a small waterfall to see.

1 Thank traveling_wm
Seattle, Washington, United States
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We did an hour long walk thru and it is superb. MUCH better than Manoa Falls, which is really crowded with very limited views. Wear good shoes and take bug spray. Allow for 3 hours to really enjoy it.

1 Thank Burt H
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67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Combined this with the Moana Falls hike, actually enjoyed this better. Offered a pleasant, serene brake from the masses of tourists. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the many side trails. This is more for true trekking and nature lovers. Wear trekking shoes and mosquito repellant (although the mosquitos were not too bad)

1 Thank MAreviewer
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Best place in Hawaii to k ow the plants and nature. If you are interested in gardens, plants and nature this is the best place. This is good for a hike too that give a oder ate exercise. Entry and parking is free and they accept donations. If you are a botanist or wanting more details about th e plants... More 

1 Thank Ben J
Reading, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We went expecting an arboretum. It was in fact a hike up to a waterfall with some beautiful grounds at the bottom. Our guide book misled us so we did not go prepared (inappropriate footwear and no bug spray) and we were not warned when we arrived. The signposting is poor, we parked and then had to hike up the... More 

1 Thank Jess F

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