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Lyon Arboretum

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Address: 3860 Manoa Rd, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822-1198
Phone Number: (808) 988-0456
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a...

Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.

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Where the birds are

A good place for seeing what's left of the Hawaiian fauna on Oahu. Great afternoon hike with family. Bring bug spray!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good place for seeing what's left of the Hawaiian fauna on Oahu. Great afternoon hike with family. Bring bug spray!

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Lafayette, Indiana
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was great to get away from the city and experience the beauty of Hawaii. You can walk all over the gardens and see all sorts of flowers and huge trees. I was with a tour group and we got a guided tour. Learned a lot about native plants and the area. It is a rain forest like area, so... More 

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Sacramento, California
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are free, but there is a place to give donation. This is a very interesting study of local plants of the region. The hike is wonderful and beautiful. You can get a map of the trails and very easy to walk. Take bug spray....

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Lagunitas, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a 'reluctant botany park visitor' and am generally pulled along on these kinds of adventures with my partner who is a "plant person". We visited Lyon a day after hiking Manoa Falls. In comparison - I loved this experience. The main trail was well maintained, but hikers could branch off and bush whack in many places! The waterfall... More 

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El Paso
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

See my review of Manoa Falls. This is a really nice place with the hiking trail up to the Falls. Take lots of pictures.

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

High above Honolulu is the Harold L. Lyon Arbretum affiliated with the University of Hawaii and with free admission to the grounds. Open Moday - Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm and closed on Sunday, if you have a rental car there is ample parking near the greenhouse and visitor center. There are a variety of specialized areas with emphasis on native... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

We noticed the arboretum as we were walking out of the falls. I was lured in by the beautiful colours on the trees & just kept walking up and around. We didn't actually see anybody, but only inspected the plants. It filled twenty minutes and I got some good photos. I think this is a nice aside to the falls.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

What a relaxing place this is! It would be so easy to spend several days here to look at all of the different gardens, plants, and flowers. We also saw a lot of birds during our walk.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

In reading the other reviews, I would say there's some confusion. If you hike long enough, you will reach the arboretum with clearly marked plants and a few short hikes away from the main center. This isn't just a series of hikes ... but an actual center that focuses on different types of plants. I thought it was presented in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

If you are looking for a botanical garden, the Lyon Arboretum is not the place for you. If you are looking for an interesting place to hike in the woods with interesting plants along the way, this may be what you are looking for. My wife and I followed a winding road to the arboretum. At several points the road... More 

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