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50 North Vineyard Boulevard
Located at 50 North Vineyard Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96817; (808) 522-7066
Foster Botanical Garden is the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens and contains trees that were planted in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand. In addition to these historic trees, this 14 acre garden features the Lyon Orchid Garden, the Prehistoric Glen and a palm collection. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday at 1 p.m.; reservations are recommended. Entrance fee is $5.00 per person 13 years and older ($3.00 for Hawai'i residents with identification). The entrance fee for children from 6 to 12 years old is $1.00; children 5 and under accompanied by an adult are free.
99-1268 Iwaena Street
This 3 acre demonstration garden in Halawa Valley is a project of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. It features numerous water conserving plants, water saving irrigation systems, mulches, and other water saving landscape ideas. The garden is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and a self-guided tour brochure is available.
Located at the end of Luluku Road (45-680 Luluku Road), Kane'ohe, Hawai'i 96744; (808) 233-7323
Ho'omaluhia features geographical groupings of plantings from the major tropical regions around the world with a special emphasis on native Hawaiian plants. This 400 acre garden also includes a heliconia, aroid, and tropical tree collections, ethnobotanical exhibits and picnic and camping grounds (permit required). The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. No entrance fee. Guided nature hikes are offered at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. Please call (808) 233-7323 to register for the hikes.
Located inside Koko Crater past Koko Crater Stables
Koko Crater Botanical Garden covers a hot, dry 200 acre site inside of the Crater and the collections highlight drought-tolerant plants that are adaptable to this environment and to water conservation techniques (xeriscape). These collections include African plants, cacti, aloes, euphorbias, sansevierias, adeniums, native erythrinas (wiliwili), dryland palms and bougainvillea. The Dean Conklin Plumeria Grove, a collection of plumeria cultivars, lines the road into the main crater. Koko Crater Botanical Garden is still under development and comfort stations and other visitor accomodations are not available. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. No entrance fee.
Located across from 114 North Kuakini Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96817
This 7.5 acre garden is under development and is devoted to native Hawaiian plants. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. No entrance fee.
3860 Manoa Road
Located at the upper (mauka) end of Manoa Valley at the end of Manoa Road
A part of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, the Arboretum is an active research facility and academic resource as well as a public tropical garden. Its primary functions are research, instruction, and community service. This 194 acre garden in scenic Manoa Valley features a Hawaiian native garden, the Beatrice H. Krauss Hawaiian Ethnobotanical Garden, an herb garden and collections of palms, aroids, bromeliads, cordylines and Zingiberales. Its state of the art tissue culture facility is a nationally recognized center for the propagation of rare and endangered Hawaiian plants and selected ornamentals. The arboretum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday except state holidays. There is no entrance fee. Register at the Reception Center and pick up a free self-guided tour map. Guided tours of the Arboretum take about 1 1/2 hours and are offered on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required and a donation of $2.50 is requested. Call (808) 988-0456 to make reservations. Bring mosquito repellant, rain gear, and sturdy walking shoes!
Hawaii Medical Library
Mala La'au was created in1994 to provide a living illustration of the utilization of healing plants in Hawaiian culture. This small courtyard garden includes 10 plant species which are important in traditional Hawaiian healing. The garden can only be viewed from inside the Library. Before visiting, call the Library or visit their home page to confirm their hours.
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Located in lower Manoa Valley
Hundreds of types of trees and plants have been used in landscaping the University of Hawaii Manoa campus since it was established in 1907. The most interesting and unusual specimens are located in the older parts of the campus, especially between Hawaii Hall and University Avenue and around Sinclair Library and Hemenway Hall. However, construction of new facilites often alters the landscape and established plants may be lost or moved to new locations. The University of Hawaii Campus Plants web page contains information on 300 species of plants found on the campus including common name, botanical name, family name and location on campus. Photographs are included for many of the species.
962 Second Street
The 30-acre Urban Garden Center contains a variety of displays including an herb garden, a hedge maze, ground cover and turfgrass displays, a hibiscus garden, and an vegetable idea garden. The Center is open to the public for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge.
1396 California Avenue, Wahiawa, Hawai'i 96786; (808) 621-7321
Originally begun as an experimental arboretum by sugar planters in the 1920s, this 27 acre tropical rainforest garden provides a cooler, moister environment than the other Honolulu Botanical Gardens. Collections include native Hawaiian plants, palms, aroids, tree ferns, heliconias, calatheas, and epiphytic plants. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. No entrance fee. Bring mosquito repellant!
59-864 Kamehameha Highway
Located in Waimea Valley inland from Waimea Beach Park on the North Shore
Waimea Arboretum & Botanical Garden is part of the privately owned 1800 acre recreational facility, Waimea Valley Adventure Park. The garden consists of 36 major botanical collections situated in a narrow valley extending from sea level to 1,000 feet. The focus of their preservation collections is the flora of threatened tropical island ecosystems including Hawai'i, Guam, the Ogasawara Islands and the Mascarenes. Other special collections include erythrinas, gingers and heliconias, and hibiscus. The Waimea Arboretum & Botanical Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fees for admission to Waimea Valley Adventure Park are $24.00 for adults to $12.00 for children ages 4 to 12. Kama'aina rates are half price with ID. There are additional charges for parking and tram rides. For free shuttle service from Waikiki hotels, call (808) 638-8511.