Lyon Arboretum
Lyon Arboretum
4.5
Gardens • Educational sites
Read more
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
Write a review
About
Part of the University of Hawaii, the Lyon Arboretum offers 194 acres and a research facility.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience Lyon Arboretum and nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
426 reviews
Excellent
271
Very good
131
Average
18
Poor
3
Terrible
3

Ben1275
Oslo, Norway206 contributions
Absolutely beautiful garden in forest area, with wide variation of trees and plants, many of them truly lovely. A small waterfall that can be accessed. Great location in a hilly area. Free entrance, but a donation is kindly requested, as the site is part of Honolulu University. We enjoyed it tremendously, strongly recommended!
Written 27 July 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

L2022
The Woodlands, TX9 contributions
Friends
We had a lovely visit and the enjoyed the beautiful plants - but you should be sure to wear shoes with sturdy soles as many of the paths are very rocky.
Written 23 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

formershrink
New Jersey, USA675 contributions
If you enjoy plants, you will love this awesome place. Beautiful, extensive grounds. I spent an hour and could easily have spent two. A highlight of my trip to Oahu.
Written 15 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC541 contributions
Just a few hundred feet beyond the parking for the Manoa Falls hike is this public botanical garden that is part of the mauka (toward the mountains) campus of the University of Hawai’i. Tickets are free but reservations are required; visit the Arboretum’s Eventbrite page on the Friday before the week you want to visit to secure your admission – they sell out quickly! As with the Manoa Falls hike, the reward at the end of the trail is a (smaller) waterfall.
Written 12 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

olsonj669
Minneapolis, MN34 contributions
If you have the energy after visiting the Manoa Falls, drive just a quarter mile up the same road and venture into the Arboretum. It has gorgeous vegetation and leads to its own small waterfall. Very relaxing.
Written 1 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

pj
Oahu, HI2 contributions
Couples
Enjoy a peaceful moment surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees high above the busy streets of Honolulu! Make your reservation in advance and drive past the busy parking lot and crowd at Manoa Falls to this botanical gem! You won’t regret it!
Written 28 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Arthur Ratliff
Decatur, GA156 contributions
This was on of our favorite places to visit in Honolulu. Beauty all around. Wonderful staff. Bring your camera.
Written 7 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alex W
5 contributions
Absolutely beautiful garden. We spent a couple of hours wandering the garden, which continues to be used for botanical research with the University of Hawaii. It's a stunning backdrop of the garden against the mountains.
Written 31 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

chris_duff_md
12 contributions
Would give 10 stars if I could. Spent an amazing honeymoon for 9 days in Hawaii jam-packed, and this was the highlight. Most beautiful place I've ever been (and am well-travelled), felt like Alice in Wonderland. Would come back to Hawaii just to spend more time here. Words and pictures fail to do justice. Just visit (and please give a considerate donation upon entrance for all the work to maintain this forest!) and you won't be disappointed.
Written 6 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

MamaGal
350 contributions
We had made reservations to did this hike after Manoa Falls. It also has a waterfall, but not as tall and less water. Do this to enjoy the beauty of their botanical collection. The paths are gravel but they were still muddy and they have off-shoots to other gardens. This is a short hike and would suggest doing it along with Manoa Falls.

There is a bathroom here and you need to check in because reservations are required. There is a $5 suggested donation to enter.
Written 4 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 373
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Lyon Arboretum (Honolulu) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Lyon Arboretum tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 3 Lyon Arboretum tours on Tripadvisor