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Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden
The name, which means "to make a place of peace and tranquillity," describes the serenity and feeling of endless space you find in this verdant garden framed by the stunning Koolau mountain range. Inside its 400 acres are plant collections from such tropical areas as the Americas, Africa, Melanesia, the Philippines, and Hawaii. Not just for the botanist, Hoomaluhia also has a 32-acre lake and open lawns ideal for picnicking. www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/hmbg.htm. COST: Free. OPEN: Daily 9--4.