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UH Mānoa Gardens

The Campus Arboretum includes a number of special gardens, some maintained by partner institutions, such as CTAHR or the East West Center, and others maintained by Landscape Services, sometimes in collaboration with campus groups. Many of these are located in courtyards, and thematically associated with the interests of the departments in adjacent buildings.

Courtyard gardens at UH Mānoa

  • Krauss Hall Water Garden: This tranquil garden was designed by noted landscape architects Richard Tongg and Lorraine Kuck in 1948, and restored in 1996 by waterlily expert Betsy Sakata.
  • Gilmore Butterfly Garden showcases plants which support butterflies and other pollinators.
  • St.John Lab. Botany Garden at A teaching garden for the Botany Department, this courtyard contains plants of interest to systematicists, ethnobotanists, and plant lovers in general.
  • Sherman Lab. Courtyard. [Learn more]
  • Bachman Courtyard: Installed by Maoli activists to bring the mana‘o of Hawaiian place to the aid of UH administrators. The four corners of the courtyard contain culturally important plants (niu, mai‘a, kalo and uala) from Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui Nui, and Moku o Keawe, surrounding a central ahu made of stones from lo‘i throughout the islands.
  • Wm. Richardson Law School: this courtyard collection focuses on native and Hawaiian cultural plants, and includes a varietal tī collection curated by Judge John Burns. Two of the ‘ōhi‘a trees were planted by US Supreme Court Justices.
  • QLSSC Palm Courtyard
  • Sustainability Courtyard: Bruce Justin Miller Native Plant Garden and SOFT sustainability mound
  • Moore Hall (forthcoming)

Other gardens and groves

  • Palm Garden: the heart of the original arboretum, around Hawai‘i Hall, is the center of our palm collection, which includes palms dating back to the first plantings before 1920, and recent additions which showcase the diversity of the palm family (Arecaceae), with a significant focus on palms endemic to islands.
  • Ka Papa Lo'i o Kānewai Cultural Garden: Now one of the four divisions of the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and a locus of teaching, the lo‘i predate HSHK and the University, and have been a site of mahi ai kalo for centuries. Maintains Hawaiian agrobiodiversity with an extensive collection of traditional taro varieties. [Learn more]
  • Japanese Garden at the East West Center. [Learn more]
  • Friendship Circle at Hale Hālāwai.
  • Curricular Landscape at the College of Education. [See story]
  • Model Homegarden at the Energy House, maintained by the Family Education Training Center of Hawaii (FETCH). [Learn more]
  • I.M. Pei Banyan Grove
  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove
  • Holoholo Memorial Garden
  • EWC Community Garden
  • The Free Garden


References and further reading


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