We went to the Lyon Arboretum to do a short hike and enjoy the scenery. When we arrived, we happened to be just in time for a guided tour, which was really a private tour since there was no one else there. It was very informative and we learned much about Hawaii's native and non-native plants. The tour ended at a beautiful spot to start a hike from, and enjoy the natural beauty of the the island. It was hard to believe how close we were to Waikiki, and its hub bub, b/c it was so peaceful and serene in the arboretum. This is a good place to go when you're ready to get off the sand, out of the ocean, and away from the crowds from a little bit. It's beautiful.
No place better to spend a slightly rainy day than a hike in a rain forest. First there was the hike to the falls, which took about 45 minutes. Then there is a labeled side trail we took near the falls. It ends at a spectacular overlook. The trees are beautiful, trail was great, but the hike is primarily uphill. I was quite exhausted at the end of about a total 3 hour hike. We enjoyed it.
We didn't have the time to take in all that is here to see and explore, but the natural beauty of the arboretum is breath-taking. I'd suggest you avail yourself of the 1 hour escorted tour if you have time. It's like stepping into another world in the tropical rainforest environs.
Nice peaceful place at trail head of Manoa Falls hike. Interesting trees. nice views. Good place to contemplate. Children would be bored. Wouldn't go just for this alone. But if going to restaurant or hike, nice add on feature.
Truly a highlight of my visit to Oahu, maintained by the University of Hawaii, I happen to visit just before the plant sale opened and was very impressed with the variety and quality of the plants offered. The hike was well marked and informative, don't miss the Sulfer Crested Cockatoos escaped & multiplying in the rain forest.
This is a terrific hike for those who are somewhat fit, not for those with minor mobility problems. the climb is uphill most of the way, and can be slippery after a rain. The forest will surprise you with a splendid array of plants, flowers and trees. Very enjoyable!
I was surprise that not too many local people know about this place. Maybe, it's a best kept secret!!!. Without the GPS, you will get lost. It's nice & quiet place.