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Department of Parks and Recreation
 
Michele K. Nekota Director Designate
Jeanne C. Ishikawa, Deputy Director

1000 Uluohia Street,
Suite 309
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Phone: (808) 768-3003
Fax: (808) 768-3053
email: parks@honolulu.gov
 
 
 
 

Honolulu Botanical Gardens

Explore Hawaii's Living Treasure
Foster Botanical Garden | Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden | Koko Crater Botanical Garden
Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden | Wahiawa Botanical Garden
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The mission of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens is to plan, develop, curate, maintain and study documented collections of tropical plants in an aesthetic setting for the purposes of:

Conservation
The Honolulu Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the conservation of flora from the topics and subtropics including our own native Hawaiian flora. We are a participating institution of the Center for Plant Conservation, a national network of botanical gardens working to save the endangered plants of the United States.

Botany
Plants from various geographical areas of the world are grown to support the scientific study of plants.

Horticulture
Only the highest standards of horticultural practice are pursued in maintaining the plant collections of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. Together, these five gardens have the largest collection of tropical plants in the United States.

Education
Emphasis is placed on developing quality botanical interpretive programs that will ensure greater public awareness of world conservation issues and increase understanding of the value of plants.

Recreation
Recreational programs that are appropriate to a botanical garden yet responsive to community needs are being developed. In this way, these gardens can renew our communities by enriching the quality of life.

There are five distinct gardens forming a unique garden system. The five gardens are located in different ecological settings around the island of Oahu. They offer visitors year-round opportunities to explore unique and diverse plant collections. Admission is free, except at Foster Botanical Garden.

Visiting hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day (December 25) and New Years Day (January 1)


 

Foster Botanical Garden

A garden in the midst of busy downtown Honolulu? Yes! And here at Foster Botanical Garden, visitors find a refreshing change from the chaos of the city. As the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Foster Garden displays a mature and impressive collection of tropical plants. Some of the magnificent trees in this 14-acre garden were planted in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand. They marked the beginning of a heritage that became The Honolulu Botanical Gardens.

Foster Botanical Garden Location Map

  • Palm collection
  • Lyon Orchid Garden
  • Hybrid Orchid Display Case
  • Prehistoric Glen
  • Exceptional Trees
  • Foster Garden Giftshop

    50 North Vineyard Boulevard
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
    Phone: (808) 522-7066
     

 

Find out more about Foster Botanical Garden

Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden

Strolling or driving through these lush four hundred acres in windward Oahu, you will truly agree that Ho`omaluhia is rightfully named "a peaceful refuge." Opened in 1982, this garden in Kaneohe features plantings from major tropical regions around the world grouped geographically. Special emphasis is placed on conserving plants native to Hawaii.

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden Location Map

  • Hawaiian plants
  • Palms and aroids
  • Ethnobotanical exhibits
  • Heliconias
  • Picnic and camping grounds

    45-680 Luluku Road
    Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
    Phone: (808) 233-7323
Find out more about the Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden

Koko Crater Botanical Garden

In 1958, 200 acres on the slopes and basin of Koko Crater at the eastern end of Oahu were set aside as a botanical garden. Although it is still only partially developed, long-range plans envision Koko Crater Botanical Garden as an example of a xeriscape. Here selective planting and water conservation techniques transform this landscape into a garden where plants suitable to these desert-like surroundings can thrive and flourish.

Koko Crater Botanical Garden Location Map

  • African plants
  • Cacti and succulents
  • Plumeria cultivars
  • Native wiliwili (Erythrinas)
  • Dryland palms
  • Bougainvillea

    At the end of Kokonani Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
    Phone: (808) 522-7060
    No paved trails or facilities
Find out more about the Koko Crater Botanical Garden

Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden

Just north of Foster Garden and located between North Kuakini and School Streets, is Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden. Portions of this 7 acre garden were once the property and favorite picnic grounds of Queen Lili`uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawai`i. She later bequeathed her land to the City and County of Honolulu to be used for the public's enjoyment. This developing garden is devoted to native Hawaiian plants.  The garden is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.  Closed on Christmas and New Year's days.

Liliuokalani Botanical Garden Location Map

  • Native Hawaiian plants
  • Nuuanu Stream and waterfalls

    North Kuakini Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
    Phone: (808) 522-7060

Wahiawa Botanical Garden

Cradled between the Waianae and Koolau mountain ranges in central Oahu lies Wahiawa Botanical Garden - the "tropical jewel" of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. This 27-acre garden and forested ravine dates back to the 1920s when this land was first used by sugar planters as an experimental arboretum. Your tour will take you among plants that thrive in the cooler environment and shady, humid habitat of this tropical rain forest.

Wahiawa Botanical Garden Location Map

  • Hawaiian palms
  • Aroid garden
  • Epiphytic plants
  • Native plants

    1396 California Avenue
    Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
    Phone: (808) 621-5463
Find out more about the Wahiawa Botanical Garden


For further information, please contact:

Honolulu Botanical Gardens
Department of Parks and Recreation
50 N. Vineyard Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 522-7060
FAX: (808) 522-7050
E-mail: hbg@honolulu.gov
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 01, 2014