Botanical Gardens Oahu

Botanical Gardens Oahu

Oahu Plantations, Farms & Gardens Discover the colorful flowers and tropical plant life of Oahu’s various botanical gardens. The Honolulu Botanical Gardens feature five diverse sites including the Foster Botanical Garden near Downtown Honolulu and the 400-acre Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden on the lush Windward Coast. The Waimea Valley on the North Shore not only offers gardens to explore, but also allows you and your family to experience Hawaiian games and crafts. Learn about Hawaii’s farm to table process — which is so important to Hawaii Regional Cuisine — by taking a farm tour of places like Kahuku Farms. Visit Dole Plantation for a taste of some fresh pineapple and learn about Jim Dole's pineapple legacy in Hawaii. While you're there, lose yourself in the plantation's 1.7-mile pineapple maze. Take some time to get back to nature at Oahu’s plantations, farms and gardens.
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Botanical Gardens Oahu

Honolulu Botanical Gardens curates and maintains five gardens around Oahu: Foster, Hoomaluhia, Koko Crater, Liliuokalani and Wahiawa. On the surface, the sites showcase diverse tropical plants (the largest collection in the U.S.). Dig deeper to understand the gardens’ mission to conserve tropic and sub-tropic flora, including native Hawaiian specimens.
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Botanical Gardens Oahu

In Hawaiian, hoomaluhia means “a peaceful refuge.” It’s certainly a fitting name for this 400-acre Windward Oahu botanical garden surrounded by the Koolau Mountains. These verdant gardens were designed in 1982 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kaneohe and feature plants from the Americas, Africa, India, Melanesia, Polynesia and, of course, Hawaii. Even better, Hoomaluhia has a 32-acre lake, from which you can do catch-and-release fishing, framed by sprawling lawns, ideal for picnicking and lazy afternoon naps. honolulu.gov/parks/hbg.html.
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Botanical Gardens Oahu

Wahiawa Botanical Garden translates to “place of noise”. This botanical garden is located between Waianae and Ko’olau mountain ranges. This garden is known as the tropic jewel of all the other botanical gardens. This is a rainforest garden full of plants that like a cooler, shadier, humid climate such as tree ferns and Hawaiian palms.
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Botanical Gardens Oahu

This lush botanical garden is part of a partially intact ahupuaa (traditional land division), spans nearly 2,000 acres and features a towering waterfall. Native Hawaiian high priests and their descendants lived in and cared for the valley for centuries; Kamapuaa, the ancient Hawaiian ruler of Oahu, dubbed it the “Valley of the Priests.” Today, the park is home to more than 5,000 tropical and subtropical plants including native and endangered Hawaiian flora. Here, you’ll see Hawaiian hibiscus, loulu palms and more than 48 species of kalo (taro) being grown in traditional loi, or irrigated agricultural terraces. Waimea Valley also features a fully restored hale o Lono (house of Lono). Trails throughout the park lead to the 45-foot-tall Waimea Falls in which you can swim. waimeavalley.net.
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Botanical Gardens Oahu

Learn about Hawaii’s farm to table process — which is so important to Hawaii Regional Cuisine — by taking a farm tour of places like Kahuku Farms. Visit Dole Plantation for a taste of some fresh pineapple and learn about Jim Dole's pineapple legacy in Hawaii. While you're there, lose yourself in the plantation's 1.7-mile pineapple maze. Take some time to get back to nature at Oahu’s plantations, farms and gardens.
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Botanical Gardens Oahu

Senator Fong’s Plantation is a 700 acre paradise located beneath the majestic Ko’olau mountain range in Kahalu’u, Oahu. There is an easy 1.5 hour walking tour that takes you through the garden’s lush valley and plateaus of tropical flower gardens, fruit and nut orchards, exotic palms and native Hawaiian plants. Senator Fongs Garden covers a total of 700 acres and rises from 80 feet above sea level to 2,600 feet at the top of the Ko’olau mountains. This Plantation is bigger than all of Waikiki.
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Botanical Gardens Oahu

Tropical flora requiring a cooler environment finds a home at the Wahiawa Botanical Garden, a 27-acre garden where extensive efforts were made to create a collection of native Hawaiian plants. The Hawaii Sugar Planters Association leased the land from the state in the 1920s and experimented with different types of tree planting and many of those trees still stand today. The site became a public botanical garden in 1957. The Liliuokalani Botanical Garden spans nearly eight acres and is devoted entirely to native Hawaiian plants. Once a favorite picnic spot of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, she later bequeathed her land to the City and County of Honolulu for public use. Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, favored the area as a picnic spot. She later bequeathed her land to the City and County of Honolulu for public use.
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Foster Botanical Gardens offers a slice of serenity from the bustle of city life, despite being nestled in the heart of Honolulu. This 14-acre park is the city and county’s oldest botanical garden and today has an impressive collection of tropical plants and trees, some of which were plants in the 1850s. Don’t miss the outdoor butterfly garden and the prehistoric flora collection.
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You came to the Islands for its stunning sandy beaches, the turquoise waves tickling your toes. But there are great botanical gardens, too. Each is maintained with lush, indigenous flora, as well as unique plants and trees from across the globe. These gardens are worth a visit. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time for the beach.
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Not all botanical gardens are lush and green, but still worthwhile nonetheless. Xeriscaping is the focus of Koko Crater Botanic Gardens, located in a 60-acre basin in east Honolulu (it’s just up the road from Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve). You’ll naturally see a lot of cacti and succulents here, as well other rare and endangered dryland plants, such as those from Africa and Madagascar, dryland palms and plumerias. The garden is a great example of Hawaii’s diverse ecosystems. honolulu.gov/parks/hbg.html.
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The Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is hidden and rarely crowded. Still, you’ll find ample amenities: Follow a winding trail past marked plants; the dirt trail leads to a covered picnic area (where food-curious ducks waddle close). Try catch-and-release bamboo pole fishing or call ahead to register for guided nature hikes. In the desert-like landscape of Koko Crater Botanical Garden, a wide, two-mile loop blooms with plumeria year ’round and, some days, fragrant, fallen flowers form a carpet beneath your feet.
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Koko Head Crater Botanical Garden Consists of 200 acres inside of Koko head crater. It was turned into a botanical garden in 1958. Over 60 acres of the inner slope is cultivated with rare dry climate plants such as African plants, cacti and succulents, plumeria, native wiliwili, dry land palms and bougainvillea.
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Wahiawa Botanical Garden The Wahiawa Botanical Garden features mostly native and naturalized Hawaiian plants, though you’ll also find many plants from other countries. Among the species on display are the rainbow eucalyptus, blue ginger, koa and others. Read More
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littlepro charlotte Level Contributor 21 reviews 4 attraction reviews 10 helpful votes “Waimea Gardens & Waterfall” Reviewed February 26, 2017 Easy walk through the gardens that represents many different continents. Well maintained in its natural state, not highly manicured, thankfully. The waterfall at the end of the trail is a beautiful site. Don't miss the shop which carries excellent quality gifts for the folks back home. Helpful? Thank littlepro Report
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“Waimea Gardens & Waterfall” Reviewed February 26, 2017 Easy walk through the gardens that represents many different continents. Well maintained in its natural state, not highly manicured, thankfully. The waterfall at the end of the trail is a beautiful site. Don't miss the shop which carries excellent quality gifts for the folks back home. Helpful? Thank littlepro Report
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Susan S Level Contributor 30 reviews 13 attraction reviews 5 helpful votes “Beautiful Gardens!” Reviewed February 25, 2017 We came here to see the Waimea Falls and toured the gardens as well. The walking path to the falls was easy and we saw a lot of different trees, flowers and birds along the way. The path to the falls does not take long, so this is a good activity for those who don't have a ton of time. Helpful? Thank Susan S Report

“Beautiful Gardens!” Reviewed February 25, 2017 We came here to see the Waimea Falls and toured the gardens as well. The walking path to the falls was easy and we saw a lot of different trees, flowers and birds along the way. The path to the falls does not take long, so this is a good activity for those who don't have a ton of time. Helpful? Thank Susan S Report
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Encompassing almost 14 acres, the Foster Botanical Garden is a serene oasis and home to more than 10,000 species of rare tropical plants from all over the world. It is on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places. Read More
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Queen Kapiolani Hibiscus and Rose Garden Hawaii is famous for its hibiscus. This spectacular botanical garden located within Honolulu’s historic Kapiolani Park features an outstanding collection of these sweet-smelling, colorful flowers, as well as a nice selection of roses. Read More

Hawaii is famous for its hibiscus. This spectacular botanical garden located within Honolulu’s historic Kapiolani Park features an outstanding collection of these sweet-smelling, colorful flowers, as well as a nice selection of roses. Read More