Jewel hidden in Manoa

Jewel Hidden In Manoa


It's easy to get lost deep in the valley of Manoa. Right under the base of lush gorgeous mountains you'll find expansive gardens filled with native Hawaiian plants. 

Home to botany students island-wide, run by friends & students of the University of Hawaii. The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a jewel of 200 acres of 5000+ taxa of tropical plants. It's a great place to breathe in the fresh air. Rich with greenery to escape the city life & filled with over seven miles of hiking trails. The perfect forest bathing experience.

This hidden oasis is a great place for photo bugs, outdoor yogis and bookworms. We've seen solo and groups doing yoga, tai chi, nature walks & cute little students hand in hand strolling & pointing at fascinating flowers or catching a glimpse of a colorful lizard.

The garden grounds are beautiful. There are even memorials filled with koi fish ponds and on a particular rainy day, a waterfall cascading down a clift.

The Lyon Arboretum is a wonderful gem to de-stress, relax & breathe.

If you're a shutterbug like us, you'll click away taking pic after pic. 

Enjoy, we took lots of photos!!

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

Welcome to a day of escape at the Lyon Arboreturm 🤙

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

Tucked away in the trails and greenery, you'll find hidden huts!

Jewel Hidden In ManoaThick groves of bamboo groves.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaThis amazing red ginger bloom... Wow!

Jewel Hidden In ManoaBurst of orange in the most unlikely place... in the middle of a thick trunk.

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

What is this beauty? We were so entranced by its uniqueness, we forgot to find out the name of this bushy flower wonder. Do you know its name?

Jewel Hidden In ManoaSo lush, there's moss on trees, on rocks, on trails and everywhere your feet takes you.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaLook at this? Isn't this wondrous? Plant makes home on a fallen log.

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

Everywhere you look, burst of colors in the most unique places. It's like a real world Dr. Seuss. 

Jewel Hidden In ManoaTrails that take you wondering...

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

Trees with fantasy like bases.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaWild orchids on the forest floors.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaPop of purple, know the name? Share with us!

Jewel Hidden In ManoaYou see what we mean? Lush and fresh, even the air smells so much cleaner.

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

Jewel Hidden In ManoaOrange heliconias... So pretty.

Jewel Hidden In Manoa

Jewel Hidden In ManoaCome in peace, relax with harmony.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaWhat did we discover? Make shift home to a momma lizard...

Jewel Hidden In ManoaHey Buddy, we see you 😜

Jewel Hidden In ManoaJade green vines with exotic flowers.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaThese red beauties are found near the Visitor Center.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaKoi ponds & water lilies.

Jewel Hidden In ManoaHawaii's state flower, in full bloom & so bold. 

Jewel Hidden In ManoaHave you seen a palm like this? Spiraling toward the sun ☀️

Jewel Hidden In Manoa


  • Bring bug-spray to stay bite free
  • Wear footwear you don't mind getting dirty or muddy
  • Park next to gift shop & sign in at the Visitors Center.
  • Restrooms available at Visitors Center.
  • Admission is free, however suggested donation is $5 to $10 per person.
  • Lyon Arboretum Website


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