Lyon Arboretum
Lyon Arboretum
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
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  • Momo C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Weekday Nature Walk
    We've been here several times and it's always really peaceful and beautiful. We enjoy photographing the unique flowers and it's also a great spot to do plein air painting. You have to make a reservation and you can only go on weekdays. Otherwise, it's pretty straight forward. Parking is easy, bathrooms on site, and when you check in at the visitor center they are friendly and have maps of the various trails. You might want to bring bug repellent or long sleeves/pants because the mosquitos are often out and about! Some highlights are the cockatoos that eat from the fruit trees, mountain apple tree fruits and the stunning blue fruit of the Rudruksha trees.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Charles L
    Effingham, Illinois17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lyon Arboretum Tour
    My wife, daughter, and son-in-law toured the arboretum. There are plants and flowers from all over the Pacific Ocean and especially the region known as Polynesia. They have wonderful signage to explain what you are viewing. Some of the structures are authentically designed and built. There are people playing ukuleles for tourists. At the end, people can swim in the lagoon created by the waterfall. It was a beautiful day for pictures and I took many of them. Botanists and arborists from all over the Pacific region helped plant the tree, shrubs, and flowers.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • whiskeysix
    Honolulu, Hawaii364 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!!!
    Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The landscapers told us about the ancient taro plots and things to look for at the gardens. Well cared for and so many gorgeous plants and trees. There is also another trail that goes to a different set of waterfalls. We did btl have time that day after hiking to Manoa Falls be we definitely will be back. Make time to stop here and appreciate all the beauty in and out of bloom.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Michael M
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome garden/arboretum/hike.
    My wife and I had been thinking about skipping the Lyon Arboretum and heading instead to one of the botanical gardens on Oahu, but we are VERY glad we changed our minds! This was one of our favorite sites to visit in Oahu on our recent trip. Filled with mostly local trees and shrubs, arranged in what feels like a completely natural way. And beautiful! We took the hike up to a falls (not Manoa Falls, but probably coming from the same source); the falls was a disappointment, but the hike there was fantastic. Walking through natural vegetation, flowers, and an interesting little structure that used to be a Buddhist temple. We loved this place, will definitely go back if we return to Oahu. The Manoa Falls hike next door was also terrific - but there the attraction was the falls, less so the hike itself.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Mary H
    160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highlight of my trip to Hawaii!
    Book online for a morning or afternoon time slot that includes parking. This is a beautiful, diverse botanical garden with so many interesting areas and plants. There is a trail map with a main trail and then many trails to follow that showcase different plants and trees. Wear good walking shoes and put on bug repellent! We didn’t see all of the garden on our visit. If you really enjoy exploring, I would suggest booking a second visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • sparkyart53@yahoo.com
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reminiscent of Mysterious Island
    Wow! We were taken to Lyon Arboretum by a local. It is a other worldly place, with plants and flowers that you won't see anywhere else - gorgeous blooms, weird shapes, and views across the valley that will blow your mind. They close at 3pm, so be aware, because you need at least two hours. There is a waterfall at top of trail, which may be running, maybe not. You need to be in shape as it is uphill most of the way. Not for flip flops - wear closed toe shoes with tread. It's a rain forest, so recommend bug spray for mosquitos. There are pavers and/or paved path until the last section which is easy but watch your footing. Do not go if it has rained that day because paths will be very slick. I loved this place and it is not a tourist trap so very uncrowded.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 October 2023
  • robert G
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Workout plus education plus meditation
    My recommendation, even if you see the online reservations booked up, call their number and ask if it is okay to walk in. They block out certain time periods for classes that might fill the parking but don't crowd the walk paths. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Even though the free parking near the arboretum visitors center had open spaces for our visit there, afterwards, we moved down to the pay lot for the Manoa Falls hike after the arboretum visit. Free plus fee and totally worth it all the way around. Do not hesitate to buy some bug spray or wipes at the Falls lot if you were not already prepared.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • parrottdize
    Dyer, Indiana2,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of a cruise excursion.
    Having been to Honolulu a number of times, we looked for something to do that we haven't done before and the Lyon Arboretum was it. Very scenic with many lovely plants. While you can do this on your own, a guided tour will add to your experience. There is a lot of walking and on uneven paths, so if you have mobility problems you might want to rethink coming here as the pathways are not wheelchair friendly. Do wear good walking shoes, not sandals.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 December 2023
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parrottdize
Dyer, IN2,104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Having been to Honolulu a number of times, we looked for something to do that we haven't done before and the Lyon Arboretum was it. Very scenic with many lovely plants.
While you can do this on your own, a guided tour will add to your experience. There is a lot of walking and on uneven paths, so if you have mobility problems you might want to rethink coming here as the pathways are not wheelchair friendly. Do wear good walking shoes, not sandals.
Written 25 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

robert G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My recommendation, even if you see the online reservations booked up, call their number and ask if it is okay to walk in. They block out certain time periods for classes that might fill the parking but don't crowd the walk paths.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Even though the free parking near the arboretum visitors center had open spaces for our visit there, afterwards, we moved down to the pay lot for the Manoa Falls hike after the arboretum visit.

Free plus fee and totally worth it all the way around. Do not hesitate to buy some bug spray or wipes at the Falls lot if you were not already prepared.
Written 6 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

sparkyart53@yahoo.com
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Wow! We were taken to Lyon Arboretum by a local. It is a other worldly place, with plants and flowers that you won't see anywhere else - gorgeous blooms, weird shapes, and views across the valley that will blow your mind. They close at 3pm, so be aware, because you need at least two hours. There is a waterfall at top of trail, which may be running, maybe not. You need to be in shape as it is uphill most of the way. Not for flip flops - wear closed toe shoes with tread. It's a rain forest, so recommend bug spray for mosquitos. There are pavers and/or paved path until the last section which is easy but watch your footing. Do not go if it has rained that day because paths will be very slick. I loved this place and it is not a tourist trap so very uncrowded.
Written 26 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mary H
160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Book online for a morning or afternoon time slot that includes parking.
This is a beautiful, diverse botanical garden with so many interesting areas and plants. There is a trail map with a main trail and then many trails to follow that showcase different plants and trees. Wear good walking shoes and put on bug repellent!
We didn’t see all of the garden on our visit. If you really enjoy exploring, I would suggest booking a second visit.
Written 2 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael M
Philadelphia, PA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My wife and I had been thinking about skipping the Lyon Arboretum and heading instead to one of the botanical gardens on Oahu, but we are VERY glad we changed our minds! This was one of our favorite sites to visit in Oahu on our recent trip. Filled with mostly local trees and shrubs, arranged in what feels like a completely natural way. And beautiful! We took the hike up to a falls (not Manoa Falls, but probably coming from the same source); the falls was a disappointment, but the hike there was fantastic. Walking through natural vegetation, flowers, and an interesting little structure that used to be a Buddhist temple. We loved this place, will definitely go back if we return to Oahu.
The Manoa Falls hike next door was also terrific - but there the attraction was the falls, less so the hike itself.
Written 9 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

whiskeysix
Honolulu, HI364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The landscapers told us about the ancient taro plots and things to look for at the gardens. Well cared for and so many gorgeous plants and trees. There is also another trail that goes to a different set of waterfalls. We did btl have time that day after hiking to Manoa Falls be we definitely will be back. Make time to stop here and appreciate all the beauty in and out of bloom.
Written 27 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Charles L
Effingham, IL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My wife, daughter, and son-in-law toured the arboretum. There are plants and flowers from all over the Pacific Ocean and especially the region known as Polynesia. They have wonderful signage to explain what you are viewing. Some of the structures are authentically designed and built. There are people playing ukuleles for tourists. At the end, people can swim in the lagoon created by the waterfall. It was a beautiful day for pictures and I took many of them. Botanists and arborists from all over the Pacific region helped plant the tree, shrubs, and flowers.
Written 22 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Momo C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We've been here several times and it's always really peaceful and beautiful. We enjoy photographing the unique flowers and it's also a great spot to do plein air painting.
You have to make a reservation and you can only go on weekdays. Otherwise, it's pretty straight forward. Parking is easy, bathrooms on site, and when you check in at the visitor center they are friendly and have maps of the various trails. You might want to bring bug repellent or long sleeves/pants because the mosquitos are often out and about!
Some highlights are the cockatoos that eat from the fruit trees, mountain apple tree fruits and the stunning blue fruit of the Rudruksha trees.
Written 8 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

rencar
Lowell, MA99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
What a gem of a place. Spent almost two hours wandering and enjoying some rare quiet In Honolulu
Nicely marked trails and due to the wetter than normal conditions the waterfall made an appearance
Adjacent to Moana Falls area so if you’re thinking of doing one you can likely manage both.
You’ll need reservations but easy to do
Written 2 March 2023
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Melanie K
Castro Valley, CA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Definitely worth the 30 minute drive from Waikiki.

Incredible trees and so awesome to be smack in the middle of nature. Definitely got some Jurassic Park vibes. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Bring tennis or hiking shoes! Don’t try it in sandals. Must do in Honolulu!
Written 23 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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