What to Expect
inside Koko Crater, East O'ahu
The 200 acres inside the Koko Crater was set aside for development into a botanical garden in 1958. Sixty acres of the inner slope and basin is now cultivated with rare and endangered dryland plants. Long-range plans for this site is for continued cultivation of plants suitable to these desert-like surroundings.
This garden specializes in African plants, cacti and succulents, Plumeria cultivars, native wiliwili, dryland palms, and Bougainvillea.
From Waikiki, take Kalaniana'ole Highway past Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach. Take the next left on to Kealahou Street. Follow the sign for Koko Crater Stables. This is also the entrance to the botanical garden.
Admission is FREE
Open 9am - 4pm daily (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)
DO NOT HANDLE the plants
Never put any plant or plant part in your mouth - some plants are poisonous and/or may cause adverse reactions
Walking shoes recommended. You may encounter slippery surfaces, loose rocks, falling branches, thorny plants, and exposed roots.
Picking/gathering of fruits, flowers, seed and other plants is prohibited
No restrooms, drinking water or visitor station