Honolulu Parks & Gardens
Located south of Honolulu, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is dedicated to preseving the marine life that exists along the Hawaiian coast.
Located on Oahu, the Honolulu Botanical Gardens boasts five different gardens open year-round to visitors. Each garden is located in a different eco-system and sports various species of plants. Foster Garden, located in downtown Honolulu, is the only one of the five to charge an entrance fee.
The park is over 5,000 acres in size and is located on the Oahu Island. Hiking trails can be found and are perfect for moderate to experienced hikers. Enjoy the weekends and holidays when the park allows public pig hunting. Participate in many activities, such as camping, rafting, kayaking, canoeing and more.
Tour the 194 acres of Harold L. Lyon Arboretum while taking in the stunning backdrop of the Ko'olau Mountains. Trails will take visitors through many collections of native and endemic tropical plants and gardens. Both guided and individual tours are available, as well as demonstrations, workshops, lectures and training programs.
Kapiolani Beach Park Honolulu
Kapiolani Beach Park is home to attractions such as Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. Walking trails and tennis courts are also available in this park. The park is located near the Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach.
Ala Moana Regional Park
This urban playground is one of the finest beaches in Honolulu. The park stretches across 76 acres, featuring a yacht harbor, tennis courts, surfing areas, an events pavilion, food concessions and lawn bowling. Also a part of Ala Moana Beach Park is Magic Island, a peninsula littered with picnic areas, a swimming lagoon and paved paths for walkers, joggers, and inline skaters.
Wahiawa Botanical Garden
Sitting between the Wai'anae and Ko'olau mountain ranges, this 27-acre garden and forested raven specializes in Hawaiian palms, aroida, tree ferns, epiphytic and native plants. Both self-guided and group-guided tours are available. Admission and parking is free.
Heeia State Park
Heeia State Park is a hillside park that offers programs and activities dealing with marine science, ethnobotany, earth science, Hawaiian culture and environmental preservation. The park is also home to sacred sites that were once centers of aquaculture for Hawaiian ancestors.
Honolulu City Lanakila Park
Honolulu City Lanakila Park is open to the general public Monday through Friday, 230pm to 5pm. This park provides recreational and sports activities for children. Visitors can enjoy a game of basketball, volleyball or baseball.
Foster Botanical Garden
Established in 1931, this 13.5-acre garden holds a vast collection of exotic plants and trees. Visitors will find everything from orchids and ginger plants to cigar box trees and aroids. There are also many specialty sections including the Palm Collection, Orchid Gardens, Prehistoric Glen, and Exceptional Trees. Guided tours are available for visitors and school trips.
Koko Crater Botanical Gardens
Located inside the 200 acres of Koko Crater, this garden occupies 60 acres of the inner slope with rare and endangered dryland plants. Visitors can expect to find African plants, Plumeria cultivars, Bougainvillea, succulents, cacti, dryland palms and native wiliwili.
Waimea Falls Park
Waimea Falls Park is a historical natural park that bolsters ancient Hawaiian lifestyle. Cliff diving, hula performances, music demonstrations, archaeological sites and 35 botanical gardens are just some of the highlights. At the heart of the park is a 45 ft. high waterfall where divers re-enact Hawaiian warrior games by climbing the slippery waterfall and diving from various ledges into the rocky pool below.
Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden
Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden is a 7-acre garden that once belonged to Queen Lili'uokalani. This garden features native Hawaiian plants, a Nuuanu Stream, waterfalls and a picnic area. The garden is open everyday from 9am to 4pm. Admission is free.