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Foster Botanical Gardens

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Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 50 N Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-3759
Phone Number: 808 522 7060
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.

This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.

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A beautiful haven in downtown Honolulu.

This was my first time to the botanical gardens. Whilst not a large garden it is full of huge trees and beautiful flowers and makes a great morning or afternoon out away from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first time to the botanical gardens. Whilst not a large garden it is full of huge trees and beautiful flowers and makes a great morning or afternoon out away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Take a look at the Kaun Kin temple just at the entrance to the park.

Thank Loulea
Port Moody, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small botanical garden near Chinatown. It is an urban gem that you can enjoy sampling some Hawaiian flora. Unfortunately while we were visiting, we had to listen to the constant lawnmower noise. A nice little oasis to visit while you are visiting surrounding tourist spots!

Thank Moko-chan
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This compact, peaceful oasis showcases rare, endangered, and unique species of trees, plants and flowers. It's a wonderful surprise just mauka of Honolulu's bustling urban core.

Thank Windward_Oahu_Guy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

Like everything else the history books and guidebook writers are missing the real story behind Foster Botanical Gardens. This was the home of Don Marin, Counselor to Kamemeha II. Vineyard St got its name from the grapes he planted for his wine. Hawaiians considered him stingy because he wouldn't share them. Makes total sense to me! If they had wine... More 

Thank KulaBob
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a wonderful experience to walk through this lovely botanical garden. There are flowers and plants growing here that you will never see anywhere else in the world. Plan to stay for at least a couple of hours, so you will be able to enjoy everything. It is a memory that you will hold close to your heart. There... More 

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We were in the area or it would have been a big disappointment. Very few flowers, just a couple of butterflies. The Quipo tree was favorite attraction. Several feet on circumference and tall!

Thank Larry R
Stockton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

This is a pretty small garden but does show many types of palms, prehistoric cycads and a few orchids. In addition there are many economic plants like coffee, cocoa, tarot, spices and herbs. Very peaceful outdoor setting but fine for families with children

Thank Adnora
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Loved the greenhouse with the orchids! Was excited that the Corpse Flower was blooming during our visit. A knowledgeable volunteer was able to share much fascinating information. Some of the trees on the grounds are amazing. Carry water ... it can get hot and muggy!

Thank dwnhkr
Cypress, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

I visited on a Sunday afternoon and there few people. It is unique in many ways: private off-street parking lot, shade, knowledgeable staff, beautiful specimen of plants and interesting history.

Thank Billy S
West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

The Hawaiian leis are "perfume around your neck." The atmosphere is conducive to lush greenery. It is PARADISE!

Thank BobbyP009

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