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Lyon Arboretum

3860 Manoa Rd, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822-1198
+1 808-988-0456
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Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“main trail” (17 reviews)
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3860 Manoa Rd, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822-1198
+1 808-988-0456
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The arboretum is at the end of the valley in Manoa. The people working with the facility are very knowledgable and helpful. If you would like to get out at walk, go for it. Be sure to take bug repellant and sunscreen

Thank TropicalParadise888
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this arboretum probably 7 years ago but had only viewed the beautiful gardens opposite the visitors center and parking lot. This time I loved the Native Hawaiian garden and did the short hike (20 minutes?) to the waterfall (flow depends on the amount of...More

Thank TravelMama808
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This, in my opinion, is better than Manoa Falls. You'll see the same beautiful rain forest, have the opportunity to hike some trails with multiple difficulty levels, see a waterfall (although not as large as Manoa) yet not be in the herd. We took an...More

1  Thank Bkbak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made the long drive down to Lyon to see their bloomed corpse flower for myself and had an amazing time. Entrance and parking is free but donations are appreciated at sign in. The arboretum itself is beautiful and breathtaking with an over abundance of local...More

Thank Katadventure
Reviewed 19 June 2017

This is right next to Monoa Falls and has a great hikes. The waterfall is much smaller but worth it since there are much fewer people on the trails. The grounds are beautiful.

Thank jjdierken
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Hiked around this place before we hiked Manoa Falls. This was much less crowded than Manoa Falls and had beautiful views of the valley. Glad we spent the extra time here.

Thank Joe N
Reviewed 27 May 2017

This arboretum has a beautiful setting with sweeping lawns and misty hills looming in the background. The plant selection is good and the Hawaiian portion is particularly interesting to see but that section, and the plant selection in general, was more limited than we had...More

Thank jenedc2016
Reviewed 19 May 2017

*Take bug spray!! *Good walking shoes. The ground can be full of roots, slippery rocks, rolling rocks, and steep hills. It will be very limited access for anyone who doesn't have good walking ability. *Get a map. Sign in at the visitor center and they'll...More

3  Thank Yessyhara
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

The arboretum is stunningly beautiful. The plants and trees are have educational and informative info

Thank HeavyEd
Reviewed 8 May 2017

So many plants to see and admire from all over the world. The waterfall at the end was not much of an waterfall but the journey tehre and back was full of trees shrubs and flowers to admire.

Thank parbendra
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10 July 2017|
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Response from Pamela J | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in February, we didn't notice any mosquitos.
Pang M
8 April 2015|
Response from Cmur559 | Reviewed this property |
Web site says 8 to 4 weekdays and 9 to 3 weekends
Glen A
17 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