There are numerous botanical gardens on Oahu. They are located throughout the island. I have listed the six most popular gardens. These six botanical gardens are considered the six best on Oahu. To see pictures and find out more about each of these botanical gardens on Oahu, click on the blue link or use the navigation column on the right.
1) FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDENS
Foster Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 1931. This garden contains plant life from prehistoric times. This is a great place to see plants from the time dinosaurs walked the earth.
2) HOOMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is a 400 acre garden and is the largest of the Honolulu gardens and was built by the U.S. Army Corps. Hoomaluhia translates “to make a place of peace and tranquility”.
3) KOKO CRATER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Koko Head Crater Botanical Garden Consists of 200 acres inside of Koko head crater. It was turned into a botanical garden in 1958. Over 60 acres of the inner slope is cultivated with rare dry climate plants such as African plants, cacti and succulents, plumeria, native wiliwili, dry land palms and bougainvillea.
4) LILIUOKALANI BOTANICAL GARDEN
Liliuokalani Botanical Garden Is located just north of Foster Botanical Garden. Portions of this 7.5 acre garden belonged to Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning Monarch of Hawaii. This is the only one of the five botanical gardens that contain only plants native to Hawaii.
5) WAHIAWA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Wahiawa Botanical Garden translates to “place of noise”. This botanical garden is located between Waianae and Ko’olau mountain ranges. This garden is known as the tropic jewel of all the other botanical gardens. This is a rainforest garden full of plants that like a cooler, shadier, humid climate such as tree ferns and Hawaiian palms.
6) SENATOR FONG'S PLANTATION
Senator Fong's Plantation is a 700 acre paradise located beneath the majestic Ko’olau mountain range in Kahalu’u, Oahu. There is an easy 1.5 hour walking tour that takes you through the garden’s lush valley and plateaus of tropical flower gardens, fruit and nut orchards, exotic palms and native Hawaiian plants. Senator Fongs Garden covers a total of 700 acres and rises from 80 feet above sea level to 2,600 feet at the top of the Ko’olau mountains. This Plantation is bigger than all of Waikiki.
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