Waimea Valley Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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United States of America - Hawaii - Haleiwa

Institution Code: WAI

BGCI Member: No

About the Waimea Valley Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden contains 36 major botanical collections situated in a narrow valley extending from sea level to 1,000 feet. The plant collections focus on native Hawaiian plants, Polynesian introductions, and plants of island ecosystems. The Arboretum also emphasizes the cultural and ecological resources of Waimea Valley.

The Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden offers visitors an opportunity to walk along gentle paths, hike old stream trails, share a picnic or simply revel in the simple joys of nature. Plant enthusiasts, bird lovers, history buffs, and anyone who longs for a true Hawaiian island experience will find what they seek in the Waimea Valley. The Center also provides a living laboratory for local schools as well as a vital research site for citizen scientists.

Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden works to protect and enhance Waimea Valley's cultural, botanical, and ecological resources and interpret those resources through quality educational programs.

The Arboretum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Fees for admission are $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for children and seniors. Military and Kama'aina rates are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for keiki, kapuna, and military. Free admission for members and children 3 yrs and younger.

Main Address:
Waimea Valley Arboretum and Botanical Garden
59-864 Kamehameha Highway
Hawaii 96712 United States of America

Telephone: (808) 638-5876
Fax: (808) 638-7776
URL: www.waimeavalley.net
Primary Email: dorr@waimeavalley.net

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: David Orr, Botanical Collections Specialist
    Curator's Name: Josephine Hoh, Botanical manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name: David Orr
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Date founded: 1973
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 630 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 120 Hectares
  • Total Area: 750 Hectares
    Latitude: 21.6662250
    Longitude: -158.0275340
    Annual Rainfall: 1778 mm
    Altitude: 30.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 450 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Waimea Valley
  • Local Address: 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.
  • Locality: City: Hale`iwa
  • Locality: State: Hawai`i

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 2000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 60
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 220000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 5500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4500
  • Special Collections:Family/Genus Collections
    Acanthaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Araceae, bamboo,Bignoniaceae, Bromeliaceae, Costaceae, Heliconiaceae, Liliaceae, Malvaceae, Musaceae, Palmae, Piperaceae, Zingiberaceae, Bauhinia, Begonia, Canna, Erythrina, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Plumeria, Strelitziaceae, Exotic and Native Ferns
    Regional Collections:
    Hawai`i, Malesia Flora, Guam, Lord Howe Is., Fiji, Ogasawara Is., Mascarene Is., Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Africa, Seychelles Is., Pacific Is., Central and South America
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes