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Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden
An Introduction

The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 193-acre tropical botanical garden located in the upper end of Honolulu's Manoa Valley. The arboretum features a lowland tropical rainforest surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides. The Lyon Arboretum receives about 34,000 visitors a year and it is used by the faculty and students of the University of Hawaii for research, conservation, and community outreach projects.

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Tours and Opening Hours
The Lyon Arboretum is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. It is closed on Sundays and public holidays. One hour guided tours are available for a small fee Monday through Saturday at 10 am. Reservations can be made in advanced by calling 808-988-09461. Self-guided tours are available anytime and Lyon Arboretum Trail Maps and trail descriptions are available on the University of Hawaii's Lyon Arboretum Web site. It is recommended that visitors wear comfortable walking shoes, bring insect repellant, and be prepared for rain.

Trails in the Lyon Arboretum
It takes about an hour to hike round trip from the parking lot to the Bromeliad Garden and Inspiration Point. Visitors can also hike to Aihualama Falls by hiking from the parking lot to the end of Lyon Arboretum road, then taking the footpath on the left. The round trip hike to the falls is about 1.5 miles. The trail head to Manoa Falls, which is not on the Lyon Arboretum grounds, is located just outside of the entrance to the Lyon Arboretum.

History of the Lyon Arboretum
-The Hawaii Sugar Planters Association purchased the arboretum land in 1918 as part of a reforesting project.
-In 1953 the land was acquired by the University of Hawaii and it was used to propagate ginger, heliconia, bromeliads, and aroids.
-The Lyon Arboretum was founded in 1972 as a research unit of the University of Hawaii, College of Natural Sciences. It is used by faculty, staff, and visiting scientists to study tropical plant life with a special emphasis on native Hawaiian plants. It was named after botanist Dr. Harold L. Lyon who I believe granted the lands to the University of Hawaii for use as an arboretum and botanical garden only.
-The arboretum was closed for a few months in 2004 to repair some of its deteriorating and possibly dangerous trails.
-Parts of the arboretum were closed in 2006 and 2007 during a major $3 million renovation and repair project. That project was completed in mid-2008 and the Lyon Arboretum was opened to the public again on June 14, 2008.


Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden
University of Hawaii at Manoa
3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: 808-988-0456 | Fax: 808-988-0462
Web Site: Hawaii.edu - Lyon Arboretum


Attractions Near the Lyon Arboretum
- Waioli Tea Room
- Waioli Chapel
- Manoa Valley Inn
- Mount Tantalus Lookout

See also:
- Photos of the Lyon Arboretum
- News About the Lyon Arboretum
- More Botanical Gardens on Oahu
- Gardens on Other Islands



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