Oahu Botanical Gardens Guide

Complete guide to all of Oahu's botanical gardens and how to find each one.

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Interested in seeing Hawaii's native and non-native flora or just love being outdoors? Then this list of Oahu's botanical gardens is for you.

Foster Botanical Garden


Foster Botanical Garden is the oldest of Honolulu Botanical Gardens. There are 14 acres of mature, tropical trees that were planted by Dr. William Hillebrand in 1850. There is also The Conservatory, outdoor Butterfly Garden, Palm Garden, Prehistoric Glen Cycad Collection, exceptional trees, and a Gift Shop. More at: Foster Botanical Garden

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens


Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens is a spectacular botanical gardens with amazing views of the Ko'olau Mountains. It's not your typical quarter mile walk on a dirt path through the plants. At 400 acres, this place is massive and you can even camp and fish here on certain days. More at: Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens

Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden


Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden is a small park and garden in Honolulu in the heart of the Kalihi neighborhood, just outside of Waikiki (see Waikiki Guide). It's easy to find and access and worth a stop if you're nearby. Better yet, grab some take out and enjoy a picnic here next to the incredibly calming Nu'uanu Stream and waterfall. More at: Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden

Waimea Valley


Beautiful botanical gardens along a trail that leads to waterfall. Has that tropical island forest feeling. Nice way to spend a few hours walking in nature. More at: Waimea Valley

Wahiawa Botanical Garden


The Wahiawa Botanical Garden covers a 27 acre ravine in central Oahu. It's full of tropical flowers and plants that enjoy this elevated and cooler climate. Admission is free and you'll walk along a paved path on your self guided tour. Some parts of the path are a bit steep so some parts may not be for those who have trouble walking. More at: Wahiawa Botanical Garden

Koko Crater Botanical Garden


Enjoy a self-guided tour through 60 acres of land that feature a variety of dryland plant collections. The area is filled with cacti, succulents, dryland palms, a native wiliwili grove, and African plants to name a few. Guided tours can also be arranged. More at: Koko Crater Botanical Garden

Kawai Nui Neighborhood Park


Kawai Nui Neighborhood Park is a small park area and botanical garden and is right next to the Kawai Nui Marsh and Kawai Nui Marsh Trail. More at: Kawai Nui Neighborhood Park

Japanese Garden East / West


The Japanese Garden East / West is a fun little Japanese style garden area at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It's very well landscaped and maintained and has some small man-made waterfalls and pond areas with koi fish in them. It's very quiet and peaceful. Right behind the garden as a nature-made river as well that you'd probably never even know was there. More at: Japanese Garden East / West

Harold L Lyon Arboretum


On it's 194 acres Lyon Arboretum maintains a collection of more than 5,000 tropical plant species They work to support Hawaii's horticultural and agriculture industries It also works to preserve and restore Hawaii's tropical forests. More at: Harold L Lyon Arboretum

Manoa Heritage Center


The Manoa Heritage Center was founded in 1996 by Sam and Mary Cooke whose mission is to promote the cultural heritage of Hawaii. Guide tours will take you through a native Hawaiian garden, a tudor-style house built in 1911, and a Kuka'o'o Heiau. More at: Manoa Heritage Center
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