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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 #18 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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Thailand
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117 reviews 117 reviews
39 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Don't know that we would have found the Lyon Arboretum without our GPS as it is "tucked away out of the way." Once found, however, it was such a nice place to spend a few hours walking the various trails, seeing nicely marked plants and trees and hearing a loud and varied chorus of birds. It's good for some exercise,... More

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San Francisco
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

So pretty! This is a bit of a drive up a winding road but once you are there is is totally worth it. No fee but they do ask for a donation. After that it is self guided. It is quite a bit of hiking so wear good shoes and take water and spray with mosquito repellent. We loved this... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We didn't plan to stop here, but was nearby the Manoa Falls entrance. We're glad we took a camera with us because there were so many plants and birds to see. Definitely a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We didn't feel the hustle and bustle of a very touristy spot. Make sure to bring insect repelent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

So many different plants and birds to see here. Some that you can't see anywhere else in the world. They even have a section that has all the important plants to early Hawaiians which can give you an idea of what the landscape looked like then. The amount you pay to go in supports the University of Hawaii's research and... More

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Fair Oaks, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We decided to go on a whim and glad we did. We didn't spend much time there, but wish we had. there is a main trail with other paths/trails branching off from it. It is an easy hike, but as others recommended, wear comfortable tennis/hiking shoes and bring insect repellent. the grounds are beautiful and well maintained - I wish... More

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

When visiting Oahu, everybody goes to Waikiki to shop and eat, and to the beautiful beaches all around the Island. Waikiki is about as far from the old "real" Oahu as you can get. It is more like Tokyo or New York City on steroids than old Oahu. No sense crying about that. It has happened. So we make the... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

While visiting family in Oahu my coysin took me to Lyon Arboretum. It was absolutely beautiful. The guide was very informative.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to this beautiful botanical oasis near the heart if a major tourist metropolis. The parking was free but somewhat tight and limited. We received a good orientation by a volunteer at the information centre and a small map to guide us. Wear sturdy hiking shoes as the main trails and many side trails are uneven and... More

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Sacramento, California
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

May be the best garden in the area. The road up is narrow, and the parking lot is small. Once you are up there and parked, you can wander around for hours. The developed and undeveloped areas are great, and you can walk down the hill to the Manoa Falls, which is an amazing hike.

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