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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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“manoa falls” (60 reviews)
“main trail” (18 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 28 June 2017

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

2  Thank Bkbak
Reviewed 25 June 2017 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 4 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 28 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

1  Thank jenedc2016
Reviewed 20 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

4  Thank Yessyhara
Reviewed 12 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
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This reserve is well maintained without a lot of over sculpting. You get the feel of being in an uncultivated forest without needing a machete (great movie). Free

1  Thank Diego C
Reviewed 25 April 2017

What a wonderful visit this was for my family of 4. We had almost too much noise, sun and crowds so my son who love botany asked to go see the arboretum having seen it on our hike up the Manoa falls the day previous....More

Thank lblanch
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11 July 2017|
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Response from HeavyEd | Reviewed this property |
In May. there are sections in which you need spray, we had to return back to get spray.
Pang M
9 April 2015|
Response from Cmur559 | Reviewed this property |
Web site says 8 to 4 weekdays and 9 to 3 weekends
Glen A
18 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