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Botanical Gardens on Oahu

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The tropical weather of Hawaii creates beautiful plant life. Find out about many indigenous species that thrive here by visiting all the botanical gardens.

Wahiawa Botanical Garden – Located in central Oahu at a high elevation, this garden is home to flora that prefers a little cool air. Most of the large trees in this garden date back to the 1920s, when the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association initiated an experimental tree planting.
1396 California Ave
Wahiawā, HI
Phone: (808) 621-7321


Foster Botanical Garden – This garden dates back to 1853 and spans roughly 14 acres. With an assortment of plants collected from the world’s tropics over the last 150 years, the Garden is home to an array of rare and endangered specimens. Seek out the Lyon Orchid Garden, where you’ll see Old and New World orchid species. --$3 with military ID
50 N Vineyard Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Phone: (808) 522-7065


Koko Crater Botanical GardenA garden, inside a crater? That’s right – inside Koko Crater you’ll find a 60-acre garden still in its infancy. Don’t expect lush tropical gardens though. The hot, dry crater is the perfect setting for a periscope garden, showcasing plants that require little water to thrive. Self-guided walking tours are available, though the facility is still in the early stages of development. Bring water and sunscreen, and be aware that there are no restroom facilities.
At the end of Kokonani Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
Phone: (808) 522-7060


Hoomaluhia Botanical GardenWith a special emphasis on preserving plants native to Hawaii, Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden was built to provide flood protection to the Kaneohe area. The 400-acre park features walking trails and a lake where visitors can fish (catch-and-release) with borrowed bamboo fishing poles. No swimming is allowed, but it’s a great place for a relaxing family picnic.
45-680 Luluku Road
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Phone: (808) 233-7323


Waimea Valley – Culturally rich Waimea Valley gives visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the history of the valley, as well as the lush landscape. Here, the stewards of the valley work to protect rare native plants and study propagation techniques, so that future generations can enjoy them. In addition to the gardens, Waimea Valley offers an assortment of cultural programs.---$8 with military ID
59-864 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(808) 638-5881


Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden  -- Just north of Foster Garden and located between North Kuakini and School Streets, is Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden. Portions of this 7½ acre garden were once the property and favorite picnic grounds of Queen Lili`uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawai`i. She later bequeathed her land to the City and County of Honolulu to be used for the public's enjoyment. This developing garden is devoted to native Hawaiian plants. The garden is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Closed on Christmas and New Year's days.
North Kuakini Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 522-7060