Foster Botanical Gardens

In: Garden Guide, Oahu

Website: www.honoluluy.gov/parks

Address: 180 N Vineyard Boulevarde, Honolulu

Telephone: 808 522 7060

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 9am to 4pm (Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day)

Admission Fees: Adults $5, Hawaiian Residents $3, Children 6-12 years $1, Children under 5 Free, Annual Family Pass $25.

HOW DO I GET TO FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN

BY CAR – From Waikiki – Head southeast on Kalakaua Avenue towards Kaiulani Avenue. Follow Kaiulani Avenue and Kanekapolei Street to Ala Wai Boulevarde. Continue on Ala Wai Boulevarde to Dole Street. Continue to I-H-1W. Drive along HI-98 W/S Vineyard Boulevarde for 2.2 miles, then turn right. (4.6miles/nineteen minutes).
BY BUS – From Waikiki – From Kuhio Avenue and Nahua Street catch The Bus #2 towards School Street-Kalihi Transit Centre. Alight at Liliha Street and Vineyard Boulevarde, walk for 0.4 miles/seven minutes. (Forty seven minutes on The Bus).

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BRIEF HISTORY OF FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Foster Botanical Garden covers fourteen acres in the middle of bustling Honolulu and is the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. Some of the trees were planted by Dr William Hillebrand, a german physician and botanist, in the 1850’s.

In 1853 Dr Hillebrand leased 4.6acres from Queen Kalama and built his home on the land. Twenty years later he returned to Germany and in 1884 the land was sold to Thomas R Foster and his wife Mary Foster who lived there and continued to develop the garden. Mary Foster died in 1930 and left the land and the family home to the City and County of Honolulu.

Dr Harold Lyon, who was the first director of Foster Botanical Garden created the famous orchid collection here. The garden was expanded to l4 acres by Paul Weissich who was the director from 1957 to 1989.

WHAT CAN I SEE AND DO AT FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN

Free guided tours a available from Monday to Saturday at 1pm- Reservations are recommended – telephone 808 522 7066 for details.

Self guided tours using a map available from the Visitor Centre can be done during visiting hours.

For school groups – Telephone – 808 522 7066 for details.

Medicinal Plant Tours are held every third Saturday of the month at 1pm – Telephone 808 522 7066 for reservations.

Go to the website www.honolulu.gov/parks for information on the calendar of events at the garden.

For Weddings – A permit is required – enquiries are taken at the garden.
Take time out from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and soak up the sights and smells of this diverse garden. Here you will find an assortment of gardens – the economic garden (herbs, spices, dyes, poisons), the Lyon orchid collection, the hybrid orchid collection, the palm garden, the prehistoric glen cycad collection, the outdoor butterfly collection, the conservatory and exceptional trees including a sacred fig.

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AMENITIES AND SERVICES AVAILABLE AT FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN

  • Visitor Centre and Gift Shop
  • Restrooms
  • Cold Drinks
  • Free Parking

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