Honolulu’s Blooms

Hawaii’s beauty takes many forms. During a recent trip to Honolulu, Dave and I enjoyed warm sun and the clear, blue ocean, but with our cameras, we found much more. Amid the hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops, busy Waikiki is a good place to find botanical beauty. These first three photos came from our hotel and nearby shopping area.

White Anthurium, Moana Surfrider Resort lobby, Honolulu, HawaiiCymbidium flower arrangement, Moana Surfrider Resort, Honolulu, HawaiiCalathea, Maranta Prayer Plant at Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, Hawaii

To truly explore the island’s botanical treasures, however, you need to step out of Waikiki. A short drive away, in a different neighborhood, the┬átropical paradise of Foster Botanical Garden abuts Honolulu’s skyscrapers. We visited Foster in early 2013, but we enjoyed different summer blooms this time. In the next set of photos, a Spathoglottis, a Dendrobium hybrid, and a colorful gecko are a small fraction of Foster’s incredible collections.

Spathoglottis flowers, pink and yellow orchid hybrid, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu, HawaiiDendrobium flower, red and yellow orchid hybrid, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Hawaii Gold dust day gecko, Phelsuma laticauda, on tree in Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu

If you don’t explore beyond Waikiki, you’ll also miss treasures like Lyon Arboretum, a tropical rainforest located at the upper end of Honolulu’s Manoa Valley. This 200 acre (81 hectare) garden is run by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. It’s often overlooked on tourist maps, so you’ll mostly share the hiking trails with island locals. The final six pictures show views from Lyon Arboretum. Dave and I returned with more photos from all of these locations, so check back soon as I sort through them to find the best.

View of Ko'olau Mountains at Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, HawaiiWhite Water Lily at Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, HawaiiTall tree fern in forest canopy at Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Beehive ginger, Zingiber spectablis at Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, HawaiiLarge tropical tree at Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, HawaiiFountain at Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, Hawaii

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4 Comments on “Honolulu’s Blooms”

  1. Mary L. Says:

    I’ve been to Hawaii but never saw these gardens. Thanks for the tip…

  2. Hannah97 Says:

    Pretty flowers! Love the flowr that looks like a beehive.

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