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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 October 2015

We pulled in to the Arboretum quite by accident and are super glad we did. It is literally about 20 minutes from downtown Honolulu by car, but way out in the rain forest in the peaceful and serene setting. A very welcome change to the...More

15  Thank thematrixhasyou
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 7 July 2009

I went on this trail after reading all of the reviews and boy, I was not expecting this. I'm from suburbia and have gone on occasional hikes for vacation but this was too much for me for the following reasons: 1) Challenging trails that are...More

5  Thank lilikoi01
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All reviews manoa falls main trail inspiration point plants and trees accept donations small waterfall wild cockatoos plant life flora and fauna beautiful rainforest visitor center a small gift shop jurassic park walking shoes short hike well worth the trip entrance fee
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank kumtux
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank Martha C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly location, cheap, even a nice little gift shop that has reasonable items for sale. Nice and quiet as well.

1  Thank 384kevinf
Reviewed 10 October 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.

1  Thank hulagirl71
Reviewed 3 October 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

1  Thank Dave C
Reviewed 1 October 2018

This was such a refreshing lovely place to see plants and flowers one would most likely see at a flower shop but not actually blooming in the wild. The trails are narrow but walkable. It is very tranquil here and you can see a smaller...More

1  Thank 649marielaa
Reviewed 31 August 2018

We went on a hike and we so stunned by the vastness of the flowerful beauty. We took so many pictures and never managed to see all of the flora the Lyon Arboretum offers. If you go in a group, you may want to park...More

2  Thank marklaura2015
Reviewed 27 August 2018

A wonderful afternoon spent here, walking through the various gardens. Make sure to take your insect repellant and apply it frequently though! The staff at the Lyon Arboretum were knowledgeable, friendly and gave wonderful suggestions based on my interests in native plants. Highly recommend a...More

Thank Iona W
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Fantastic garden close to a waterfall hike. You will need good footwear for the hike though it is not too bad but can get a bit slippy.

Thank DavidandArti
Reviewed 7 July 2018

After hiking Manoa Falls, I noticed the signs for the Arboretum and came back to explore the following day. This is a beautiful spot to enjoy lush foliage, panoramic views (if the rains allow), and a waterfall (though smaller than Manoa). I much preferred this...More

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11 July 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
9 April 2015|
Response from Cmur559 | Reviewed this property |
Web site says 8 to 4 weekdays and 9 to 3 weekends
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18 February 2015|
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Response from Tamara P | 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