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Information about public and private gardens on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, including the Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu, the Waimea Valley Audubon Center on the north shore, the Lyon Arboretum in the Manoa Valley, a dry land botanical garden inside a volcanic crater, and others.

Lyon Arboretum
A 200 acre arboretum and botanical garden in the lush Manoa Valley that is owned and operated by the University of Hawaii. It is open to the general public six days a week guided tours are available with advance reservations.

Foster Botanical Garden
This 13 acre park in Honolulu includes collections of orchids, palms, aroids, heliconia, ginger plants, herbs, spices, dyes, poisons, beverage plants, prehistoric plants, and exceptional trees, There are guided tours Monday through Saturday afternoons, and the gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waimea Valley Cultural Park and Gardens
The Waima Valley on the north shore of Oahu is a lovely area that is an important center of Hawaiian culture, the location of several historic and archeological sites, and a park the general public can enjoy, with a botanical garden, hiking trails, and a beautiful waterfall. In the 1990's there was an extreme sports park in the Waimea Valley called the Waimea Falls Adventure Park, but that park could not be made profitable. In 2003 the National Audubon Society took over managing the Waimea Valley Park and it became known as the Waimea Valley Audubon Center. In 2007 the Hawaii State Office of Hawaiian Affiars took over management of the Waimea Valley Park area.

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden
A 400 acre park on the windward side of Oahu that was built by the United States Army Corp of Engineers to protect the town of Kaneohe from floods. In addition to the botanical garden, there are camping sites, picnic tables, a visitor's center. Guided tours are available on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

Koko Crater Botanical Garden
This 60 acre park inside Koko crater is the home of the dry land collections of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. Plantings are on both the inner slopes and in the basin of the crater, and the four major collections are from the Americas, Hawaii, Madagascar, and Africa.

Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens
A 725 acre garden, nature preserve, and bird sanctuary at the foot of the Koolau Mountains on the windward side of Oahu, that is owned by former United States senator Hiram Fong. Guided nature walks are available.

Wahiawa Botanical Garden
A 27 acre park in the central Oahu town of Wahiawa on land that was leased from the State of Hawaii by the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association in the 1920's for experimental tree planting. Today the garden features Hawaiian and other tropical plants that do best in the cooler parts of the tropics.

Liliuokalani Botanical Garden
A 7 acre park and garden in Honolulu that features native plants, a small waterfall, and picnic tables.

Haiku Gardens
This private garden in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu is available for weddings and other special events. The general public can visit the gardens by eating at the Haiku Gardens location of Haleiwa Joe's restaurant.

Hawaiian Paradise Park (closed)
Paradise Park in the Manoa Valley behind Honolulu is no longer open. It may be purchased at some point by the University of Hawaii and turned into a tropical ecosystems research center, but it might also be purchased by a group of native Hawaiians who want to turn it into Hawaiian Cultural Preservation Center, where visitors and residents can learn about Hawaiian culture and music.
- 2004 Honolulu Star Bulletin Article

See also:
- Botanical Gardens on Other Islands
- Attractions on Oahu
- Activities on Oahu

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