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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
8:00 am - 4:00 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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Lynn Arboretum

I visited this Park four years ago. It is lush and quiet and takes you away from the City altogether. Worth a trip up there...One can take The Bus and then it's just a short... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Darlene N
San Carlos, California
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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited this Park four years ago. It is lush and quiet and takes you away from the City altogether. Worth a trip up there...One can take The Bus and then it's just a short walk to the entrance.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This arboretum is a part of the University of Hawaii. It's located in the mountains north of Honolulu near the UH and Manoa Falls hiking trail. It's a winding road, but all but the largest vehicles can get here. Near the site the two lane road had washed out so only one lane is open. Parking is limited so avoid... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This arboretum is more like a naturalized nature center. The plants are growing freely. Some of them have labels. They are affiliated with the University of Hawai'i so they do research and plant propagation. The hike is slippery when wet. There are roots, rocks, and mud when it rains. It was beautiful. Tons of great flowers. The exotic birds sit... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Unlike Manoa Falls, it rains or at least drizzles nonstop here. It is so unique that it is worth the extra 30 minutes of hiking in addition to the Manoa hike. The visitors center has restrooms. It is free but they accept donations. There are very few people in the tropical rain forest. Inspiration Point is only about 10 minutes... More 

Thank Karen J
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

A beautiful, uncrowded easy walk through the lovely hills in Manoa. It was lovely to be in the trees with the cool air, the birds around us and very few people crossing our path. It is at the very end of Manoa Road lots of parking and admission by donation. Run by the university of Hawaii, the paths are well... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

After going to Manoa Falls we walked up the hill to the Arboretum. We walked one small section. It is very large and you could spend hours there. Very pretty plants.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Self guided tours through the arboretum of Hawaiian and non indigenous plants. Very large, beautiful setting.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Just up the road from the very busy Manoa Falls trailhead you'll find the Lyon Arboretum. An oasis of calm, with beautiful gardens and some hiking trails. Admission and parking are free but a $5 donation is recommended. You'll definitely want insect repellent, though. This is rain forest, and the mosquitoes are fierce. The trails in the arboretum are a... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

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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