Hawaii’s native plants and animals are in peril. The island chain is known as the “endangered species capitol of the world”. Half of Hawaii’s plants are seriously threatened. Because the islands are so isolated, many species that are found nowhere else on earth have evolved. As the human toll on these islands becomes greater it is important to continue to have places the protect these beautiful species and provide refuge to native species. The Lyon Arboretum, run by the University of Hawaii, is a great place to see these very special plants in a tropical rainforest setting.
The arboretum is also a great place for a family hike. There is a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike to Aihualama Falls located on the property. Along the way you can take in the smells, sites, and sounds of the botanical gardens. The day I went the falls weren’t running very fast but it all depends on how much rain the mountains are getting at the time.
The birds seemed friendlier here. Maybe because they knew they lived in a protected paradise. One bird in particular followed me from tree to tree, chatting away with me. It was like I was Snow White and the bird was doing a Disney duet with me.
If you visit the Lyon Arboretum be sure to climb up the hill and take in the few from Inspiration Point. It has a Zen like quality to it. There is nothing like gazing out into the lush beauty of the rainforest.
There is a very nice meditation garden on site as well. I had a great time watching the frogs and enjoying the peace and quiet.
If you would like to escape the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and get back to nature for a couple hours check out the Lyon Arboretum. If you would like more information click here.