Lyon Arboretum

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Right next door to Manoa Falls is an opportunity to see some beautiful ornamental flowers and native Hawaiian vegetation in a more open and manicured setting. There are no slippery tree roots or muddy steps to negotiate in the lower section—a good choice if you didn’t bring good walking shoes. Lyon Arboretum is part of the University of Hawai’i and is devoted to saving and propagating threatened native Hawaiian trees (which banyans are not), along with plants from elsewhere in the tropical world. You might encounter clumps of students engaged in research projects here and there on your walk. You can stroll as far and as long as you like, following any one of several loops, or hike 1.5 miles all the way to the arboretum’s upper end to little ’Aihualama Falls, where sturdier footwear is advised.

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"Right next door to Manoa Falls is an opportunity to see some beautiful ornamental flowers and native Hawaiian vegetation in a more open and manicured setting. There are no slippery tree roots or muddy steps to negotiate in the lower section—a good choice if you didn’t bring good walking shoes.

Lyon Arboretum is part of the University of Hawai’i and is devoted to saving and propagating threatened native Hawaiian trees (which banyans are not), along with plants from elsewhere in the tropical world. You might encounter clumps of students engaged in research projects here and there on your walk. You can stroll as far and as long as you like, following any one of several loops, or hike 1.5 miles all the way to the arboretum’s upper end to little ’Aihualama Falls, where sturdier footwear is advised."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Honolulu
Distance: 0.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
Season: All year
Local Maps: None
Driving Directions: Directions to Lyon Arboretum

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May 2018