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The Little-Known Hawaiian Destination That's Full Of Stunning Flora

By Leslie Veliz


Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, often known as Lyon Arboretum, is a tropical paradise in Honolulu's Mānoa Valley, just approximately 20 minutes from Waikiki.
At 194 acres, it features 12 gardens, including a Native Hawaiian Garden, a Bromeliad Garden, and more. In fact, Lyon Arboretum has over 19,000 plants onsite.
The Lyon Arboretum is budget-friendly with no admission fee, but donations are gladly accepted. Free parking is also provided.
Lyon Arboretum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Keep in mind that walk-ins are not available, and visitors must make a reservation online.