Tucked right in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, Foster Botanical Garden offers 14 acres of gorgeously landscaped land with an array of both native and non-native plants, flowers, and trees in a peaceful setting that feels a world away from the city buzz.

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Shortly after moving to Oahu, I was booked for a wedding that was being held at Foster Garden in downtown Honolulu. Being new to the island and unfamiliar with the area, I stopped by the garden a couple weeks before the wedding to ‘scout out’ the location… and ended up staying for a few hours! I fell in love with the garden as soon as I walked through the gate, and ended up returning many times during my time on Oahu. I find it rather mind-blowing that such a peaceful, tranquil, nature-rich setting can exist right smack-dab in the middle of a city overrun with traffic, noise, tourists, homeless, and big-city activity… it is truly a gem of Honolulu!FosterParkHonolulu-3

This is the oldest of Oahu’s botanical gardens, and it was started in the 1850s when Dr. William Hillebrand began planting some of the now-massive trees on the land. It has grown and expanded since then, and now features a conservatory, butterfly garden, palm garden, prehistoric glen, orchid garden, and an upper terrace with those original 24 trees, now designated “Exceptional” by City Ordinance.FosterParkHonolulu-4One of the many unique trees in the garden is the Cannonball Tree, with gorgeous flowers and hefty-looking “cannonballs” sprouting directly from the trunk.

An “Economic Garden” is home to a variety of spices, herbs, dyes, poisons, and beverage plants, including coffee and black pepper plants. FosterParkHonolulu-5FosterParkHonolulu-10The indoor conservatory is bursting with orchids of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Often dripping with “dew” from a recent watering, this area of the garden is a flower photographer’s paradise.FosterParkHonolulu-6Other notable plants and trees in the garden include the Rainbow Eucalyptus, Macadamia Nut, Breadfruit, Kapok Tree, Coco-de-Mer, Blue Marble Tree, Tamarind, Rainbow Shower, Baobab, and the Doum Palm.FosterParkHonolulu-8

Visit Oahu’s Foster Botanical Garden

Hours: 9am – 4pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Free guided tour Monday-Saturday at 1pm. Call 808-522-7066 for reservations.
Phone: 808-522-7066

Tickets —
Adults: $5
Kama’aina: $3
Children 6-12: $1
Children under 5: Free

Address: 180 North Vineyard Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96817

Directions: From Waikiki, take Ala Moana Blvd past the shopping mall. Turn right onto Piikoi, then left on S Beretania. Follow S Beretania for 1.3 miles, and then turn right onto Nuuanu Ave. Take the 3rd left onto N Vineyard Blvd. The garden will be ahead on your right.

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