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Lyon Arboretum

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Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
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3860 Manoa Rd, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822-1198
+1 808-988-0456
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All reviews manoa falls main trail inspiration point native plants accept donations small waterfall wild cockatoos plant life visitor center a small gift shop jurassic park well worth the trip walking shoes entrance fee forest trees paths
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Reviewed yesterday

If you’re hiking to Manoa Falls, make a pit stop here. They practically share an entrance. The arboretum has many beautiful trails with lots of different plants to see. You can easily spend many hours here - so many that you could make it a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diane Y
Reviewed November 28, 2018

If you're interested in botany, then the Arboretum is worth a visit. There's a bunch of ornamental and agricultural specimens in and around the area, but not all of them are clearly labeled. Might be worth a look if you're looking for birds too -...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank whatsthishowdoieven
Reviewed November 11, 2018

This is a private garden in the Manoa Valley above the University of Hawaii. Beautiful plants and flowers (and bird life) on well marked trails over 400 acres. Donations are suggested at $5 per person. Parking is available, but do not park here if you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank kumtux
Reviewed November 5, 2018

We decided to go here at the last minute after seeing Manoa Falls. This place is fantastic. We had a great tour that lasted well over an hour and was delightful. We learned about some of the spices growing there, smelled leaves, (even tasted a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Martha C
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Friendly location, cheap, even a nice little gift shop that has reasonable items for sale. Nice and quiet as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 384kevinf
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The grounds are beautiful. We hiked up to a beautiful falls. There is no cost, but they do accept donations.

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank hulagirl71
Reviewed October 3, 2018

After finishing our hike to the Manoa Falls, we saw the entrance to the Arboretum at the bottom of the hike. We decided to go take a look. It is free but they appreciate donations. This place is HUGE!!! Take your time, hike the trails,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Dave C
Reviewed October 1, 2018

This was such a refreshing lovely place to see plants and flowers one would most likely see at a flower shop but not actually blooming in the wild. The trails are narrow but walkable. It is very tranquil here and you can see a smaller...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank 649marielaa
Reviewed August 31, 2018

We went on a hike and we so stunned by the vastness of the flowerful beauty. We took so many pictures and never managed to see all of the flora the Lyon Arboretum offers. If you go in a group, you may want to park...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank marklaura2015
Reviewed August 27, 2018

A wonderful afternoon spent here, walking through the various gardens. Make sure to take your insect repellant and apply it frequently though! The staff at the Lyon Arboretum were knowledgeable, friendly and gave wonderful suggestions based on my interests in native plants. Highly recommend a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Iona W
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July 10, 2017|
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Response from HeavyEd | Reviewed this property |
In May. there are sections in which you need spray, we had to return back to get spray.
Mermiad E
April 8, 2015|
Response from Cmur559 | Reviewed this property |
Web site says 8 to 4 weekdays and 9 to 3 weekends
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February 17, 2015|
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Response from tamarap573 | Reviewed this property |
We also did not see any animals but could hear the birds. There is extensive ground maintenance going on to clear out overgrowth. There is someone at the bookshop who could probably answer you question. The day we were there... More