Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum

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At the northern end of the Manoa Valley (the starting point of the trail to Manoa Falls), the 194-acre Lyon Botanical Garden provides the island with native and unnatural plants in a tranquil setting. Wealth and diversity. The area is owned and managed by the University of Hawaii and is home to more than 5,000 tropical plants. Lyon’s botanical garden doubles as a research facility, warehouse and tourist attraction and is a must-see for gardening enthusiasts.

The Lyon Botanical Garden was founded by the Hawaii Sugar Growers Association in 1918 and became part of the University of Hawaii in 1953. In the early days of the botanical garden, a young botanist, Dr Harold L. Lyon, planted more than 2,000 species of trees. He cultivated for many years until his death in 1957, when he changed his name to the Botanical Garden of Lyon. Here you will find a variety of impressive plants such as acyclic fruit, banana, ginger, tee and tropical palm. The Lyon Botanical Garden has an average annual rainfall of 165 inches, providing the best climate for the diversity of tropical plants. In recent years, the curators of the Lyon Botanical Garden have been committed to protecting and conserving endangered plants that grow naturally in Hawaii.

For enthusiastic hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, we recommend a walk in the botanical garden. Well-maintained trails allow you to visit plants and trees from around the world in Asia, Europe and the United States. Hikers can take in the magnificent views of Aifwarama Waterfall, a point of inspiration and the many gardens that cover the area. These include the Beatrice H. Claus National Botanical Garden, the Hawaii Botanical Garden, the Economic Botanical Garden, and the Tropical Palm Garden. Visitors can also encounter colorful birds, such as cockatiels, bunting, white-eyed, Brazilian cardinals and nonsense.

The Lyon Botanical Garden outlines the only university botanical garden in the rainforest in the United States.

Wednesday 9AM–3PM
Thursday 9AM–3PM
Friday 9AM–3PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 9AM–3PM
Tuesday 9AM–3PM