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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
 
 
 
 

WAHIAWA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Tropical Rain Forest
27 acre Garden on a high elevation plateau in Central Oahu.
Garden Hours:  Open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
Closed Christmas and New Year's days.
Plants that require a cool and moist climate thrive here.
Rainfall: 52 to 80 inches.
Elevation: 875 to 1,000 feet.
Ravine at deepest part: 47 feet.
Temperature: 45 to 91 degrees F.

 

Wahiawa Botanical Garden is home to tropical flora requiring a cooler environment. A special effort has been made to develop the collection of native Hawaiian plants.

In the 1920's, the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association leased land from the State of Hawaii as a site for experimental tree planting. Most of the large trees still growing here date from that decade and were planted under the direction of Dr. Harold Lyon. Control of the property was transferred to the City and County of Honolulu in 1950. It was opened as a botanical garden in 1957.

Today, Wahiawa Botanical Garden is one of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. This unique garden system provides visitors the opportunity to view diverse plant collections at five different garden sites around Oahu.

A WORD OF CAUTION: Plants contain a wide range of substances used by humans as food, medicines, dyes, poisons, etc., but leaves, fruits, seeds and thorns may cause skin irritations, sneezing, external or internal discomfort, eye inflammation or puncture wounds.

  • A basic rule in any botanical garden is never put any unfamiliar plant or plant part in your mouth and use caution in touching any unfamiliar plant you encounter.
  • To preserve this fine collection, visitors are prohibited from picking any part of the growing plants or removing any plant material from the garden. Section 10-1.2, ROH.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The Honolulu Botanical Gardens employs the help of many volunteers to aid in the day to day operation of the gardens. Join those who are now working in the following areas:

      Nursery Garden Reception Docent Program

For further information on volunteering, call (808) 522-7064.

GUIDED TOURS OF WAHIAWA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Groups may request tours conducted by volunteer docents.  Call (808) 522-7064 for reservations.

 Wahiawa Botanical Garden Map

SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF THE UPPER TERRACE

We recommend caution when you visit other areas of the garden. The pathways may be slippery and you may encounter loose rocks.

 

# BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME
1 Colocasia esculenta Taro, Kalo
2 Heliconia Trail Heliconia
3 Dillenia philippinensis Katmon
4 Cinnamomum verum Cinnamon
5 Canarium ovatum Pili Nut
6 Clusia rosea Autograph Tree
7 Bucida buceras Geometry Tree
8 Agathis robusta Queensland Kauri
9 Crescentia cujete Calabash Tree
10 Dillenia indica Elephant-Apple
11 Parmentiera cereifera Candle Tree
12 Ravenala madagascariensis Traveler's Tree
13 Coffea arabica Arabian Coffee
14 Pimenta dioica Allspice
15 Manilkara zapota Chicle Tree
16 Eucalyptus deglupta Mindanao Gum
17 Nageia nagi Broad-leaved Podocarpus
18 Cibotium glaucum Hapu`u, Hawaiian Tree Fern

 

                   

                   

                    

            

            Walking Iris, Neomarica sp.                                                          Walking Iris, Neomarica sp.       

 

For further information, please contact:

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