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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: +1 808-988-0456
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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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This competes for the top arboretum/botanical garden anywhere, not just Oahu

On several visits to Hawaii we have visited most of the botanical gardens and arboreta. We were charmed at Lyon by the intense presentation, well done for a small arboretum, and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On several visits to Hawaii we have visited most of the botanical gardens and arboreta. We were charmed at Lyon by the intense presentation, well done for a small arboretum, and then discovered we had been investigating only one small portion of an extensive collection. We finally covered maybe 15-20% of the total, in a couple of hours, before heavy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very pretty. Enjoyed the lush and quiet location. A true touch of paradise. Well worth the entry fee.

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West Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here after we hiked Manoa Falls. We wished we would have known it was adjacent because we would have spent hours in this beautiful place and the nice trails. This is a great place for older people to visit.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! Came across this place by accident and it is truly a hidden gem! Tours are available M-F at 10 a.m.for $10 and well worth it. Also self-guided tours. We took the tour with Don and he was so knowledgeable and told us all about the plants, trees and the history of all of them, how they came to the... More 

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

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 October 14, 2016

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 September 29, 2016

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 

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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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