Lyon Arboretum

In: Garden Guide, Oahu

Website: manoa.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum/gardens

Address: 3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu

Telephone: 808 988 0456

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 8am to 4pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 3pm
  • Sunday and State and Federal Holidays – Closed

Open to the public for a $5.00 donation

HOW DO I GET TO LYON ARBORETUM

BY CAR – From Waikiki – Via Manoa Road, take Ala Wai Boulevarde, Kalakaua Avenue and Punahou Street to Manoa Road. (5.9 miles/twenty two minutes).
BY BUS – From Waikiki – From Kuhio Avenue and Nahua Street catch The Bus #13 towards LILIHA-Puunui Avenue. Alight at Kapiolani Boulevarde and Kaheka Street. Walk one minute to Mahukona Street and Kapiolani Boulevarde and catch The Bus #5 towards Manoa Valley. Alight at Manoa Road and opposite Kumone Street. Walk 0.8miles (eighteen minutes) to Lyon Arboretum. (One hour and nine minutes).

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WHAT CAN I DO AND SEE AT LYON ARBORETUM

You can do a self guided tour, trail maps are available at the Visitor Centre.

Allow yourself at least half a day to walk around the gardens. There are over seven miles of walking trails and over 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants as well as native hawaiian plants, heliconias, gingers, aroids, bromeliads and palms. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear with good traction as average rainfall here is 165” and the trails can be narrow, slippery and uneven. Bring along mosquito repellant, do not remove plants. For health reasons do not drink the stream water or enter streams or ponds.

Guided tours are held Monday to Saturday at 10am for a cost of $10 per person. You will need to book twenty four hours in advance. Telephone 808 988 0461 for details.

Group tours are available for a minimum of eight people at a cost of $10 per person. Bookings in advance are essential. Telephone 808 988 0461 for details.

As well as guided tours Lyon Arboretum holds community classes each month. See website for calendar of events.

BRIEF HISTORY OF LYON ARBORETUM

The Lyon Arboretum (Arboretum meaning ‘a botanical garden specialising in woody plants) is a 193.5 acre botanical garden and arboretum which was established in 1918 and is situated at the upper end of the Manoa Valley, managed by the University of Hawaii. It was named after the botanist Dr Harold L. Lyon who was a plant pathologist and botanist from Minnesota.

EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

‘To help connect people, young and old, to the wonders of our natural world through the scientific and cultural study of plants’

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FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE LYON ARBORETUM

  • Visitor Centre
  • Gift Shop – Selling – bottled water, sodas, juices and snacks
  • Restrooms

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