Impressive view of windward O'ahu from brink of pali (cliffs) at 1200 feet elevation, Ko'olau Range. Winds are usually so strong that one can lean against the wall of wind.
Freya M. on Lyon Arboretum
Amazing views from the parking lot and a true Jurassic Park like experience. Very large uneven pavers though through some parts of the trail. True hiking boots a good idea to do it all.
Beautiful area and hike. As others have said it isn't a hard hike and it is wonderfully well kept. We weren't expecting to have to sign in so that caught us by surprise. It also isn't pet friendly which is something to note. Still the surroundings are gorgeous and there are lots of plants to look at. Definitely recommend it!
Beautiful plant life and peaceful area with themed gardens e.g. Hawaiian native and ethnobotanical, Bromeliad, Palms, and Economic sections. Bring bug repellent and wear sturdy shoes. Park in the lot and sign in at the visitor center (give a suggested $5 donation). The attendant will give you a map of the grounds. The main trail is very easy - a wide ~1.5mi rock and/or grass path to a small waterfall. There are plenty of smaller side trails to explore, which are narrower, a little steeper, and muddier in places - keep an eye on the markers which might come in handy if you get turned around. Saw two of the feral cockatoos and 9 other local species of birds.
Great place to visit! Easy walk in the rainforest through beautiful flora. I brought my mom with me once, and she loved it.
I used to hike up to the waterfall in the morning before class for some yoga by the falls. Fantastic start to my days. The people there are great, and if you're looking for a worthwhile place to volunteer, this is it!
I'd still wear shoes I wouldn't mind getting muddy, but I didn't break a sweat on this one. If you enjoy plants like I do, it's definitely worth the time. Plus, it's not as busy as Manoa Falls!
What a way to escape city life by taking a couple of hours and spend it in the only rain forest on Oahu. The Arboretum is very clean and well kept with lots of flora. Mosquitoes will eat you up, so bring repellant. Rain is always a probility, so if you don't want to get wet, bring a jacket or you can just duck under the protection of a Banyan tree. There are several trails in the area, but they a usually muddy and not kept as well as the park area.