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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
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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Very pretty!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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 21 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The flowers, shrubs, trees and scenic vistas were all outstanding! Recommend putting on bug spray--particularly if you intend to sit or stop very long in the innermost areas. Thisn is a beautiful way to spend a morning in Honolulu!

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The gardens are extensive and beautifully maintained. Perhaps because of their size, they seemed to have a fairly small number of visitors and I enjoyed having a peaceful walk after the bustle of Waikiki Beach.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Am I ever glad we visited the Lyon Arboretum after the Manoa Falls trail - what a beautiful place! We stopped in at the office of the Arboretum (all guests are asked to sign in - there is a washroom onsite, and you can also purchase bottled water) and although admission is free, a donation is sought, whatever amount you... More 

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Additional Information about Lyon Arboretum

Address: 3860 Manoa Rd., University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
Phone Number: (808) 988-0456
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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