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Lyon Arboretum

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“main trail”(19 reviews)
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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 native plants accept donations small waterfall wild cockatoos plant life visitor center a small gift shop jurassic park well worth the trip walking shoes guided tour entrance fee forest trees paths
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Lyon Arboretum around noon on a weekday after completing the Manoa Falls hike - which kind of disappointed us as it is pretty crowed and there wasn't much to see except the water fall. The Lyon Arboretum however gave us all we'd...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CG091971
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ursula was fabulous guide and especially knew edible plants and trees and edible spices. Two hour tour took us through small part of garden. Many other hikes available but not guided

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AlohaHanauma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is beautiful! Don’t think I could put my camera down. Highly recommended... and the man at the front desk was very friendly. Did get lost a couple times in the park as the trails aren’t clear at times but even that was a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tandsj
Reviewed February 13, 2019

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 February 4, 2019

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 February 2, 2019

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 January 16, 2019

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
1  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
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Jeannie P
February 21, 2019|
Response from kumtux | Reviewed this property |
You can walk as far as you want, with unimproved trails. Near the stream the trail and rocks are mossy and slick. I planted myself on my butt stepping across rocks near the falls. The closer to the center, the wider and... More
Jeannie P
February 21, 2019|
Response from kumtux | Reviewed this property |
This is a quite large arboretum in which you could misplace some children unless you organize the visit as a guided walk with the group in tow, fore and aft. I would suggest visiting ahead of the field trip to map out a... More
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.