Foster Botanical Gardens
Foster Botanical Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This 14-acre garden is home to over 4,000 species of rare tropical plants.
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GmaT
Lone Pine, CA53 contributions
Couples
Foster Botanical Gardens is a beautiful, quiet, treasure with plants from around the world to enjoy. I visited with my elderly mother using her transport chair, so we were limited to the paved and firm paths. There was some work being done and some paths were blocked off, but we found our way around quite well.
Both mother and I received a Veterans discount on our admission price, but even at full price ($5) this stop was well worth it.
We rode the Red Line Waikiki Trolley Tour which stops at Foster Botanical Gardens, but there is also ample free parking available.
The visitors map provided was informational and helpful to navigate during the two hours we spent here.
Impressive varieties of trees in bloom, orchids, bird of paradise, the open butterfly garden and conservatory were especially interesting. Plaques display plant names, and interpretive signs provide historical meaning throughout the grounds. I am very glad we came here!
Written 27 August 2022
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Tanielu U
11 contributions
I grew up in the islands and came back to visit family
We decided to visit Foster Botanical Gardens and I always remember how lush, serene and beautiful rhe plants were but not this time. Lots of the plants were dried, dying and brown due to lack of rain and watering. I was very disappointed in my visit. I hope that the staff will make a priority to keep the beautiful plants beautiful again very soon.
Written 21 August 2022
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK202 contributions
Couples
This was the only thing we could find worth doing in the Downtown area of Honolulu (avoid Chinatown as it’s not a pleasant area!)

It is a pleasant and quiet garden with a range of beautiful plants. There are mosquitoes so use plenty of mosquito repellant.

By no means essential so skip this if short on time. We only did it as we’re in the area. Can spend as little as 15 mins or as long as an hour depending on how leisurely you take it.
Written 8 August 2022
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,279 contributions
We were pleasantly surprised about how beautiful these gardens are! We really enjoyed walking around and seeing all the old trees and beautiful sights.
Written 25 July 2022
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NickiRH
Michigan20 contributions
Friends
The botanical garden was nice! There are more plants/trees than flowers. A couple of the trees were huge and amazing. The bird watching was pretty cool! I think spending about an hour here is sufficient.
Written 4 July 2022
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,058 contributions
Family
A trip to Foster botanical Gardens was a pleasant way to spend an hour away from the main waikiki area, lots of treemendous sights
Written 20 June 2022
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Larry M
Vancouver, Canada291 contributions
It’s well worth your time to visit this “garden” (it’s mostly trees), which is easily accessed by public transit. Be sure to pick up a guide to the trees. The guide directs you to 21 well marked trees, and gives a fascinating description of the trees and their uses in Polynesian culture.
Written 20 February 2022
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Jaywing18
Seattle, WA239 contributions
Friends
Lovely garden, mature kapok trees, a baobab, crown plant covered in monarch butterfly caterpillars, prehistoric garden, and exquisite orchid collection. I must visit for all naturalists. Highlight: They have a giant tree from a cutting of Siddhartha’s (Buddha’s) tree. Free parking. Lovely Buddhist temple next-store is also a must visit.
Written 6 December 2021
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Koreadad2
14 contributions
Couples
If you love flowers then this is the place for you as well as beautiful tall Baobob and Palm trees will amaze you with their girth and height
Written 13 September 2021
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI8,075 contributions
Solo
...right across Vineyard from Nuuano to River Streets and that whole chronic Chinatown area. Usually unsettles my stomach just being around here but found peace and sanctuary and even some beauty today at Foster Botanical Garden. First walked into the Kuan Yin Temple right by the parking lot. They got signs saying for visitors to stay away and that they only welcome members of the temple to come in, but I took a look anyway. Does anyone really have the right to stop me from shaking hands with the Buddha? I only spent a few minutes there and found my way to the botanical garden. I think I spent over an hour and a half here just wandering around the grounds and gardens - everything all very lush and beautiful, peaceful and serene. Mostly every tree, plant, and flowers is labeled quite well with these little green signs giving information like the scientific name and where it comes from. They also give you a pretty good map too when you pay admission and that tells you where everything is as well. It was not so crowded on the morning I came, so I really enjoyed my time here. I guess the highlight of the place would be the bodhi tree that is supposedly "descended" from original one the Buddha found enlightenment under way back in the day. The colors and fragrances from everything here was my high point. I really liked it all. They seem to have one of everything tropical from all over the world. One day soon, I'm gonna try to grab Dung and Grace and Rosalie to bring them here. I think they'd like it a lot too.

Written 21 July 2021
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