Lyon Arboretum

EASY 8 reviews

Lyon Arboretum is a 0.3 mile loop trail located near Honolulu, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

0.3 miles 62 feet Loop

kid friendly



wild flowers

no dogs

Coming from King Street (driving east) Turn left on Punahou St., past Punahou School, take the left fork (Manoa Road) and continue up the valley, staying on Manoa Road until it ends just beyond Paradise Park. Entrance to the Lyon Arboretum is at the end of Manoa Road. Coming from University Avenue Drive up the valley (mauka) past the University of Hawaii. University Ave. narrows at the top of the hill and turns into Oahu Ave. Continue mauka on Oahu Ave. At the five-way intersection, take Manoa Road, and follow it to the end, just beyond Paradise Park. Our driveway is at the end of Manoa Road. Public Transit Directions Using Public Transportation (TheBus) Take the #5 bus into Manoa valley, and get off at the last bus stop. From there, it's about a 0.6 mile walk up past Paradise Park to the arboretum. Call TheBus information center at (808) 848-5555 for more information.

9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

nice walk. took my 3 year old and it was the perfect length, ends at a waterfall. bring bug spray! :)

1 year ago

beautiful walk. bring bug spray! $5 donation is suggested

2 years ago

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!

2 years ago

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.

3 years ago

Even though the falls are not spectacular the beauty of the place and the tranquility surpasses the small falls.

3 years ago

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!

nature trips
5 years ago

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.