Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens

Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens, Kaneohe: Hours, Address, Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens

Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Virginia37,879 contributions
When you drive or walk around the gardens, it is easy to see why the name means a “peaceful refuge”. If you are driving a car, you are not allowed to stop along the route to the gardens and take photos. Signs are posted throughout the drive. There are many areas where you can enjoy the abundant greenery of plants from around the world including Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Africa, Tropical America and Polynesia to name a few. Here you can take pictures of the mountain range, tree canopies and foliage. My daughter said the gardens has become a popular place to take Instagram photos. Parking lots, picnic tables, benches and bathroom facilities are strategically located throughout the park that can be reserved for a fee from Friday to Monday. Another feature is that the park has about 8 camping sites that can be reserved Stop by the visitor center to pick up a map to better enjoy the park. Best choice to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Written March 21, 2022
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A P
10 contributions
Friends
Incredibly beautiful. We parked at the visitor center and walked through the entire garden but you can drive through the main road and park at each parking lot, get out and explore the area, and then drive to the next spot. I’m happy that we decided to walk it all the first time we went. It’s A LOT of walking and a lot of steep uphills and downhills so keep that in mind when deciding if you want to walk or drive. They don’t allow you to take pictures along the main road, probably to avoid traffic issues, but you can take as many pictures and videos once you’re off the main road. The first path to the lake was my favorite, you get incredible views all around and a great view of the mountains. So many Koi fish in the lake. There are plenty of areas on the land to sit and have a picnic at one of the benches. We did see some people also setting up camp in the camping areas which was really nice. I highly recommend everyone experience this at least once when visiting Hawaii.
Written July 17, 2021
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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia886 contributions
Couples
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Kaneohe, Oahu
About 30mins from Waikiki is Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden with Hawaiian and tropical plants and a man-made lake where large carp line the lake perimeter waiting to be fed. The gardens opens at 9am and entry is free. An online map displays the walking paths and facilities. Then you can drive to Manoa Falls on the way back to Waikiki.
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Written July 8, 2022
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Hxa0063
northridge 216 contributions
The drive into the gardens is everything one can expect. It’s absolutely stunning. The lake is large and offered thousands of fish to look at. The garden is a wonderful place to find a table and have a picnic. Unfortunately for us it was so hot and humid, our kids didn’t want to stay and explore. I would love to come back during the winter and check it out. Or maybe the gardens can extend their closing time to 7 during the summers so that people can enjoy the gardens in the shade?
Written July 16, 2021
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Jay “flower” child
New York City, NY273 contributions
Solo
I am so happy they reopened! My hike up here was one of my highlights of my few months on Oahu, this is such a hidden gem! If more people knew about this being free and having the most picturesque landscape of volcanoes, we’d all be doomed. Get there early in morning and enjoy the peaceful uphill walk. Take pictures, soak it all in. I read some reviews saying the man shews you away from taking pictures on THE MAIN INSTA worthy street and yeah... he kinda does without speaking, but it didn’t stop me from taking my time, taking selfie’s and even asking someone to snap some. Once you turn the corner the views get even better.... when you make it up to the top there’s a visitor center and I picked up a pamphlet that helped me identify birds and continued walking through the lake. I read some reviews that they recommend bringing a car since it’s so long and spaced out but I ubered here and did all walking myself and I have no regrets! I spent 3-3.5 hours here. I sat on bench listening to music and enjoying my morning - definitely could have done everything in 1.5-2.5 but why be rushed!? Nature is beautiful
Written November 16, 2020
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thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC541 contributions
Another of the 5 Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Ho’omaluhia means “a peaceful refuge.” The Garden offers weekly classes in seasonal crafts ($25 supplies fee) and its “Catch and Release” program (unavailable at this time due to COVID) can be fun for children. Bamboo poles with barbless hooks are provided; you bring the bait (fresh, white bread is suggested). Tips: Download the detailed garden map from the Garden’s website before your visit; the blue pre-printed maps available in the Visitors’ Center lack detail needed to identify trees and plants in additional garden areas). Again, a plant identification app can help you get the most out of your visit.
Written February 12, 2022
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Jan M
Honolulu, HI206 contributions
We enjoy Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Gardens in many ways. We exercise there and have found many different routes that have a variety of difficulty levels. When it is rainy season, we park at the end and walk on the paved roads where the cars arenʻt allowed. Other times, weʻll pick a circle route towards the lake. If we need more exercise, we hike up hills to lookout areas or walk further. Our grandchildren love the canopied tamarind trees at the last parking lot. Theyʻve enjoyed fishing on the weekends. Prior to the pandemic, a group of us meet to paint the many botanical flowers and foliage in the gardens. My friend would camp there by herself and felt very safe with their enclosed gates and security. Hoʻomaluhia is a haven on ʻOahu!
Written April 9, 2021
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Patricia M
madrid41 contributions
The park opens at 9am officially (for cars) but all the locals go there to walk at around 7am. The side of the fence has a walking entrance and it is beautiful for a morning walk. Don’t be afraid to go in, everyone does. The famous photo near the entrance is possible at this time of the day when no cars are around, so go at 7am if you want it! We were alone from 7am to 8am, and then a friendly park ranger old lady came driving her old Toyota SUV and told us pictures were not permitted after 9am but it was ok at this time as we seem to be respectful tourists, she even took some pictures for us! Mahalo my friend! We took so many pictures and it was just beautiful. I strongly encourage everyone to go there early mornings!
Written February 10, 2020
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CCLoop
Lehi, UT407 contributions
This is one of the many free things to do on Oahu and it worthwhile. I do not think it would not hold anyone’s interest for more than an hour or two unless you really were interested in plants and botany. I am not. It was, however, worth a visit. The gardens are big and there is ample parking. The lake has a huge population of fish that are fun to feed – so bring bread and they will entertain you for a bit. The overlook has a great view of the mountains behind the gardens. The botanical gardens are a good solid stop for someone in the area with some time to kill.
Written September 5, 2021
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Lauren D
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Honestly, I was really looking forward to walking around and exploring the gardens. My friend and I dropped by after a long day at the north shore and per other reviews were told the road would be closed but the side gate would be open, which both were true. However upon walking through the side gate the security guard popped out of his room and said to us, without a greeting, "no pictures and you have to be out in 10". Look, i get it, it sounds like people taking pictures on that main road has caused traffic issues in the past and they have a policy. But this dude assumed we were here to take pictures and break the rules and made a point to call us out, as opposed to just letting us walk through and just enjoy the gardens for the last few minutes of sunlight. Also, the gate to the road was closed so what's the big deal anyways if there's no traffic coming in/out? Whatever.

We left with a bad taste in our mouth and no desire to go back. I'm sure the gardens are beautiful but I don't want to visit a place where the staff is rude to their guests right off the bat.
Written March 22, 2021
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