Situated at the top of the Manoa Valley watershed in 193.5 acres of tropical rain forest, the Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu is only five miles from busy Waikiki. The arboretum provides a scientific and cultural resource to the diverse communities of urban O'ahu. More than 5,000 taxa of sub-tropical and tropical plants can be seen through the grounds. Visitors can also enjoy hiking trails that cover more than seven miles, with elevation starting at 450 feet above sea level and rising to 1850 feet.
Lyon Arboretum offers the scientific community with numerous research opportunities, and is a significant resource for the University of Hawaii. As a community and cultural resource, the arboretum hosts around 50,000 people every year who explore its extensive plant collections and trails, as well as participate in research projects, classes, and other community activities. Its main emphases are Hawaiian ethnobotany, conservation biology, native Hawaiian plants, and tropical plants.
Nestled within the island of Oahu's Manoa Valley, the Lyon Arboretum is at the forefront of conservation biology, horticulture, and Hawaiian ethnobotany. It manages a world-renowned plant collection of over 5,000 tropical species throughout its 194 acres, works to restore and preserve the tropical forests of Hawaii, and supports the state's agriculture and horticultural industries. The arboretum's setting in a tropical rainforest makes it an ideal location for cultivating a massive diversity of plants.
The collection at the Lyon Arboretum features native Hawaiian plants, bromeliads, aroids, gingers, heliconias, and one of the largest collections of palm found in any botanical garden. Since its opening in 1972, the arboretum has established a variety of themed gardens. Near the Visitor Center, in the lower ground, are the Beatrice Krauss Hawaiian Ethnobotanic Garden, herb and spice garden, and the Native Hawaiian Garden. More adventurous hikers can explore another native Hawaiian garden, the palm collection, and the Economic Section in the upper grounds.
A variety of tours are offered to visitors at the Lyon Arboretum. Among the tour options is the self-guided tour option. The self-guided tour allows guests to discover and explore the grounds of the arboretum at their own pace. Visitors sign in at the Visitor Center and receive guides to help them choose their route. There's also a mobile app to help guests.
Another tour option is a guided tour. The guided tour is led by Arboretum Docents and lasts one hour in duration. Guided tours are offered on Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays at 10:00am when a docent is available. Group tours are also provided with advance notice, and are available for groups between eight and thirty in size.
In addition to tours guided and group tours, Lyon Arboretum offers field trip educational programs for school groups. There a number of specific tours available for different grades for students, each created to meet state HCPPS requirements. All guided and group tours can be arranged through the Lyon Education Office. The arboretum's mission is to foster a greater appreciation of the unique flora of the state of Hawaii and the tropics.
3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, Phone: 907-274-2336