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Drive toward the mountains on Punahou Street; turn left on Nehoa Street and then right on Makiki Street. At the first intersection, turn left at the fork in the road and go about a mile up the hill; the museum entrance will be on your right.
The Contemporary Museum's gardens, part of a 3 1/2 acre complex, were created between 1928 and 1941 by Reverend K. H. Inagaki, a Honolulu minister, as a retreat in which to meditate and experience the harmony of nature. In 1979-1980 the gardens were restored under the supervision of Honolulu landscape architect James C. Hubbard. Recently, Hawai'i garden designer Leland Miyano has updated the plantings. The gardens provide a natural setting for works of art from the permanent collection. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 :00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and most major holidays. Museum entrance fee is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and students with valid identification. There is no charge for children 12 and under. Entrance to the Museum is free to the public on the third Thursday of every month.
From Waikiki, take H1 West to H2 North. Continue to Kamehameha Highway (Highway 99). Dole Plantation is approximately a forty minute drive from Waikiki.
The Dole Plantation Garden Tour takes visitors through 8 mini-gardens: Life on the Plantation, Native Species Garden, Irrigation, North Shore Agriculture, Bromeliad Garden, Ti Leaf Garden, Lei Garden, and Hibiscus Garden. These gardens total about 1 1/2 acres and the tour takes about 1 hour. Guided or self-guided tours are available. The entrance fee is $3.50 for adults. The Plantation also offers the Pineapple Garden Maze. The maze covers more than 2 acres with a 1.7 mile long hibiscus-lined path; in 2001, it was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world's largest maze. Admission charge is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Also available at the Plantation is the Pineapple Express - a 2 mile, 20-minute train tour with a narration covering the history of pineapple and agriculture in Hawaii, the story of James Dole, and beautiful views of the North Shore. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 4 through 12. Children under 4 are free when accompanied by an adult. The Dole Plantation is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
Located at 50 North Vineyard Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Foster Botanical Garden is the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens and contains trees that were planted in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand. In addition to these historic trees, this 14 acre garden features the Lyon Orchid Garden, the Prehistoric Glen and a palm collectiona great spot for Hawaiian style weddings . The garden is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. Other tours may be arranged upon request; call (808) 522-7060 for information. Entrance fee is $5.00 per person 13 years and older ($3.00 for Hawai'i residents with identification). The entrance fee for children from 6 to 12 years old is $1.00; there is no charge for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.
Located opposite Kokokahi YWCA on Kaneohe Bay Drive at the mauka-most (inland) curve of Kokokahi Place
The Friendship Garden is on the site of a 1920s church camp and was designed in the 1930s by Honolulu landscape architect Richard Tongg. It has recently been restored by Jack and Janet Gillmar with the help of Ted Talbott and community volunteers. The garden's half mile loop trail starts with a flight of stone stairs and continues across a bridge for a spectacular view of Kaneohe Bay. The trail continues to an upper lookout with views of Makapuu and Molokai. The garden entrance is in a residential neighborhood and parking is limited. Free access during daylight hours.
47-754 Lamaula Road
Located off of Kahekili Highway (Highway 83); after passing the Hygenic Store, turn left onto Wailehua Road and go toward the mountains (mauka); take a right turn at the first stop sign onto Lamaula Road
Created in the late 1960's by two artists, Richard Hart and Hiroshi Tagami, as an environment for displaying their ceramics and paintings, The Gallery and Gardens opened to the public in 1977. The 1 acre Japanese style garden features over 30 varieties of daylilies as well as anthuriums, orchids, heliconia, ti, ornamental gingers, and palms. Tours are self-guided and take from 1/2 to 1 hour. The Gallery and Gardens are open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is also open by appointment; call or email to make arrangements. Admission is free.
99-1268 Iwaena Street
This 3 acre demonstration garden in Halawa Valley is a project of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. It features numerous water conserving plants, water saving irrigation systems, mulches, and other water saving landscape ideas. The garden is open to the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is no admission charge.
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Located on Beretania Street between Ward Avenue and Victoria Street
The Honolulu Academy of Arts building contains several garden courtyards: the Luce Pavilion Garden, the Central Court, the Asian Courtyard, and the Mediterranean Courtyard. The Asian and Mediterranean Courtyards were originally designed by Catherine Thompson in 1927. In 1983, the Mediterranean Courtyard was renovated by the Garden Club of Honolulu and landscape architect David Woolsey. The Mediterranean Courtyard was renovated in 1997 under the direction of Honolulu landscape architect Randal Fijumoto. The Luce Pavilion Garden was added in the recent Academy renovation. Designed by Julie Kimura, it was inspired by early kama'aina family gardens and features tropical ornamentals. The Academy is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The admission fee is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for seniors, students, and military personnel. There is no charge for members or forchildren 12 and under. Free admission to the public on the first Wednesday of every month.
Located at the end of Luluku Road (45-680 Luluku Road), Kane'ohe, Hawai'i 96744; (808) 233-7323
Ho'omaluhia features geographical groupings of plantings from the major tropical regions around the world with a special emphasis on native Hawaiian plants. This 400 acre garden also includes a heliconia, aroid, and tropical tree collections, ethnobotanical exhibits, and picnic and camping grounds (permit required). The garden is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. No entrance fee. Guided nature hikes are offered at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. Please call (808) 233-7323 to register for the hikes.
Parking Lot C off of Diamond Head Road near the Chapel is very close to the gardens
This cactus garden was created by student/volunteer Moriso Teraoka in the late 1980s. The landscaped hillside contains an impressive assortment of cacti donated by members of the Cactus and Succulent Society. No admission charge.
Located inside Koko Crater past Koko Crater Stables
Koko Crater Botanical Garden covers a hot, dry 60 acre site inside of the Crater and the collections highlight drought-tolerant plants that are adaptable to this environment and to water conservation techniques (xeriscape). These collections include African plants, cacti, aloes, euphorbias, sansevierias, adeniums, native erythrinas (wiliwili), dryland palms, and bougainvillea. The Dean Conklin Plumeria Grove, a collection of plumeria cultivars, lines the road into the main crater. Koko Crater Botanical Garden is still under development; restroom facilities, drinking fountains and other visitor accommodations have not yet been constructed. The garden is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. No entrance fee. Guided group tours may be arranged; call (808) 522-7060 to make an appointment.
Take Kamehameha Highway to Pearl City. Just past the Waimano Home Road intersection, there is a sign; turn left just past the overpassand follow the access road to LCC. Park towards the end of the access road and to the back of the campus for the shade house and dryland gardens.
The native plant gardens were started in the early 1990's by Bruce Koebele and Priscilla Millen; they contain over 70 native plant taxa, mostly dryland species. The conservation and education shade house propagation center was completed in spring 2003. There are three garden areas: dryland and coastal plants by the air conditioning complex at the edge of the parking lot; mesic forest and Polynesian gardens in the courtyard between BS and MS buildings; and, the large dryland garden and shade house between the tennis courts and telescope complex. The gardens are open to the public during most daylight hours and there is no admission charge. Leeward Community College has 24 hour security, so please identify yourself when viewing the gardens. Contact Priscilla Millen, Professor of Botany, or call 808-455-0285 for forther information and volunteer opportunities. For native and herbal plant workshops, contact the college's OCET office at 808-455-0477.
Located across from 114 North Kuakini Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i
This 7 1/2 acre garden is under development and is devoted to native Hawaiian plants. The garden is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. No entrance fee.
1243 Loi Kalo Place
Located off School Street between Pohaku and Houghtailing Streets a few blocks from Bishop Museum
This small park contains a Hawaiian garden created in the early 1970s by Paul Weissich, then the Director of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. The garden has springs and mature plantings of ethnobotanical Hawaiian plants that are in good condition despite a period of neglect. The garden is currently being cared for by local residents and is used for educational purposes. No restroom facilities.
3860 Manoa Road
Located at the upper (mauka) end of Manoa Valley at the end of Manoa Road
A part of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, the Arboretum is an active research facility and academic resource as well as a public tropical garden. Its primary functions are research, instruction, and community service. This 194 acre garden in scenic Manoa Valley features a Hawaiian native garden, the Beatrice H. Krauss Hawaiian Ethnobotanical Garden, an herb garden and collections of palms, aroids, bromeliads, cordylines and Zingiberales. Its state of the art tissue culture facility is a nationally recognized center for the propagation of rare and endangered Hawaiian plants and selected ornamentals. The arboretum is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for kama'aina and students, $4.00 for seniors, and $3.00 for children 12 and under. No charge for Lyon Arboretum Association members. Register at the Reception Center and pick up a free self-guided tour map. Guided tours of the Arboretum take about 1 1/2 hours and are offered on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. Call (808) 988-0456 to make reservations. Bring mosquito repellant, rain gear, and sturdy walking shoes.
Hawaii Medical Library
Mala La'au was created in go 1994 to provide a living illustration of the utilization of healing plants in Hawaiian culture. This small courtyard garden includes 10 plant species which are important in traditional Hawaiian healing. The garden can only be viewed from inside the Library. Before visiting, call the Library or visit their home page to confirm their hours.
Located in Waikiki near Kapiolani Park on Monsarrat Avenue between Paki Avenue and Leahi Avenue; the entrance to the parking area is off Leahi Avenue
This small garden at the edge of Waikiki is maintained by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. It features tropical ornamentals, hibiscus cultivars, and a small collection of native Hawaiian plants. There are a few covered picnic tables and restrooms. Open 24 hours a day; no entrance fee.
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