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If you want to see some jungle when you're in Hawaii, Lyon Arboretum is the answer! It is in Honolulu and yet it is a real rainforest! The walks are short enough that you can easily bring an older child. The hike to Inspiration Point (trailhead is at the beginning of the parking lot) takes you to a lawn with views of the stunning mountains covered in layers of trees, just ten minutes into the walk. The trees above you as you walk along will wow you and your feet will thank you for the well-maintained trails (not like Manoa Falls). The main problem with Lyon Arboretum are the incredible amounts of mosquitoes! They will swarm around you from the minute you hit the trail. MAKE SURE you have mosquito repellent on. The repellent makes you feel sticky, so head straight to the beach after for a swim.
In Hawaii there is a disease called Leptospirosis in the stream water, so avoid drinking or swimming in it.
Manoa town has a wonderful feel to it. Head over there to buy some lunch or a snack. There is a playground in a beautiful setting at Manoa valley District Park.
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Exit the H1 Freeway at University Ave. Head north toward the mountains.
Stay on University Avenue as it goes uphill and then downhill. It becomes Oahu Avenue. At the 5-way intersection, turn onto Manoa Rd. Follow it for a long way, past Paradise Park. At the end of Manoa Rd is Lyon Arboretum. There is a small parking lot.
3860 Manoa Rd, Honolulu, call (808) 988-0456.
You must sign in at the Visitor Center and you can make a donation if you wish.
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