Botanical Gardens in Honolulu Hawaii

Honolulu Botanical Gardens 

Diverse gardens around 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.

What We Love:

  • The Orchid Conservatory at Foster Garden
  • The carpet of flowers at Koko Crater
  • Liliuokalani's tree canopy
  • Feeding the ducks at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

Honolulu Botanical Gardens in Honolulu Hawaii

FOSTER GARDEN

Foster Garden began in 1853 when Queen Kalama leased land to William Hillebrand, a young German doctor. A physician and botanist, Hillebrand built a home in the upper terrace of the garden and planted several trees that stand majestic today. Mary Foster bought the property and expanded the garden until her death. She bequeathed the 5.5-acre garden to the City and County of Honolulu for public enjoyment. Dr. Harold Lyon became the first director, introducing 10,000 new trees and plants and starting an orchid collection. Through purchases and gifts, the garden now stands at 13.5 acres and is a living museum of tropical plants, some rare and endangered, which have been collected from the world's tropics over a period of 150 years.

Hawaii Botanical Gardens in Honolulu

WAHIAWA + LILIUOKALANI GARDENS

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.

HOOMALUHIA + KOKO CRATER BOTANICAL GADRENS

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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IN SHORT / WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Some gardens offer tours. Call ahead if you'd like a guide.
  • Use caution touching unfamiliar plants (and never attempt to ingest any part of an unfamiliar plant).
  • Mosquitoes are think in the gardens – bug repellant is essential.

FOSTER GARDEN
Address: 50 N. Vineyard Ave., Honolulu, HI
Phone: (808) 522.7066
Web Address: www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/fbg.htm
Distance/Drive: Three miles – a 13-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: From Ala Moana Boulevard, turn left on Ena Road, left on Kalakaua Avenue, left on Bertania Street, right on Punchbowl Street, left on South Vineyard Avenue.

WAHIAWA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Address: 1396 California Ave., Wahiawa, HI 96786
Phone: (808) 621.7321
Web Address: www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/wbg.htm
Distance/Drive: Three miles – a 13-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Take H-1W to H-2N, then exit 8 to Wahiawa. Merge to Kamehameha Highway, turn right on California Avenue.

LILIUOKALANI BOTANICAL GARDENS
Address: North Kuakini Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 522.7060
Distance/Drive: 4.4 miles – a 15-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: From Ala Moana Boulevard, turn left on Ena Road, left on Kalakaua Avenue, left on Bertania Street, right on Punchbowl Street, left on South Vineyard Avenue H-1W, take exit 21A to School Street, turn right on North Kuakini Street.

HOOMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDENS
Address: End of 45-680 Luluku Rd., Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: (808) 233.7323
Web Address: www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/hmbg.htm
Distance/Drive Time From THE MODERN HONOLULU: 13 miles and a 27 minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Take H-1W to exit 20A, merge to Likelike Highway, turn right on Anoi, right on Luluku.

KOKO CRATER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Address: at the end of Kokonani Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
Phone #: (808) 522.7060
Web Address: www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/#koko
Distance/Drive: 13 miles – a 27-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Take H-1 E to HI 72, left on Lunalilo Home Road, right on Hawaii Kai Drive, right on Kealahou Street, right on Kokonani Street.


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