Botanical Gardens in Hawaii Part Three Koko Head

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Koko Crater Botanical Garden

 "a blooming volcanic crater"

In 1958, Koko Crater on the eastern side of O`ahu was set aside for development into a botanical garden.  Sixty acres of the inner slope and basin of this 200 acre crater is now cultivated with rare and endangered plants.  Long range plans is for continued cultivation of plants suitable to the desert like conditions. 

This morning after quite a few rains on the eastern slopes, Koko Head and surrounds were very green!  Although the plumeria were in winter mode with dropped leaves and little flowers, most of the cacti were blooming or finishing up blooming so it was quite lovely.

This garden focuses on the cultivation of rare and endangered dryland plants.  Xeriscape concepts are used to transform this dry landscape into a garden where plants suitable to desert-like conditions can flourish.

Highlights:  Hawaiian plants, African & Madagascan plants, Cactus & Succulent garden, Plumeria grove, Dryland palms.

Click here to see pictures from this morning’s walk.

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Open daily, sunrise to sunset
Closed Christmas Day (December 25)
and New Years Day (January 1)


7491 Kokonani St.,Honolulu, HI 96825 (adjacent to the Koko Crater Horse Stables) 

Admission  Free! 

Before you go...

·     Please bring your own water. There is no drinking water available and only a portable toilet.

·     Walking shoes are recommended.  

·     Bicycles and motor vehicles are not allowed.

·     Dogs are not allowed.


·        Self-Guided Tour -  This interpretive hike takes you on a 2-mile loop trail through the Garden. You will find this tour and map printed in the brochure upon entering.  Plan on about 1.5 hours to hike through the garden.

·        Guided Group Tours - These may be arranged by special appointment.  Please call 808-522-7066 




Comments (1)

Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Beautiful!  What an amazing place to live.


Nov 23, 2014 09:08 AM