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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 6 days ago

We visited this botanical garden after a hike to the Fall. In hind sight , should make a separate trip , as there is so much to explore here . The trails well maintained and not difficult , the garden divided into different parts and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 69tiger888
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At end of hike to falls. Beautiful knowledge of Island plants n creatures. Great picture spot. Souvenirs n snacks in lil shop. A great place to cool off. Enjoy the breeze. Get water n use restroom before leaving. Eaceful, quiet end to your hike.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Maria R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The arboretum started in 1910s as an experiment in what could grow on then heavily eroded barren slopes above Honolulu. They brought in trees from all around the tropics, and many of them have prospered and formed the basis of the collection.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jakub M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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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