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Foster Botanical Garden

Foster Botanical Garden is a surprising garden in Downtown Honolulu. It displays a unique collection of tropical plants including a Palm Garden, Orchid Conservatory, Prehistoric Glen Cycad Collection, and Outdoor Butterfly Garden.

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is rightfully named “a peaceful refuge”. Stroll or drive through 400-acres of lush paradise in Kaneohe, on Oahu’s east side. It features plantings from major tropical regions around the world grouped geographically.

Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum is an exquisite botanical garden in Manoa Valley. Managed by the University of Hawaii, this rainforest plays a crucial role in preserving and propagating Hawaii’s plant species, especially those native to the islands. It’s also the best place to try Forest Bathing in a Rainforest.

Kapiolani Park

Kapiolani Park is Hawaii’s largest public park. It’s home to Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Shell, Kapiolani Bandstand where the Royal Hawaiian Band performs, tennis courts, exercise paths, sports fields, and more. It’s a charming place for a picnic!

Moanalua Gardens

Moanalua Gardens is a beautiful green space 20-minutes drive from Waikiki. It’s home to a stunning Hitachi tree (monkeypod tree) and a pond. For those with kids, buy a bag of food from the souvenir shop and feed the fish and ducks.

Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley is a magnificent botanical garden on Oahu’s North Shore full of plants, Hawaiian cultural sites, and rare birds. Hike the Waimea Valley Trail, a laid-back paved pathway that leads to the Waihi Waterfall (swimmable).

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