Botanical Gardens on Oahu
Kaneohe, East Oahu
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.
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.
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
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
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