50 North Vineyard Boulevard,
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Ph. 522-7066
Features: Palm collection, Orchid garden, Prehistoric Glen, Exceptional Trees.

Click HERE for a map.

Foster Garden traces its beginning to 1853 when Queen Kalama leased a small area of land to William Hillebrand, a young German doctor. A botanist as well as a physician, he and his wife built a home in the upper terrace area of the present garden. The magnificent trees which now tower over this area were planted by him.  It is home to some of the oldest trees on the island and a world-class collection of orchids, palms, and significant plants are also featured.

Click HERE for more photos of Foster Gardens by trustee Heidi Bornhorst

Bodhi Tree at Foster Garden

This distinctive leaf is from the Ficus Religiosa, a tree revered by the Buddists who know it as the Bo Tree, and by Hindus as the Peepul Tree. It is Foster Garden's most significant tree.


  Click to see the Honolulu city website about Foster Garden

  Click HERE for more photos of the Foster Garden Gift Shop.  Photos by Carole Chun.

Adelaide Kistner,
Friends of HBG manager of the
Foster Garden Gift Shop


Foster Botanical Garden Entrance

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808 533-6335

     A unique gift shop focused on plant lovers is one of the long-time projects of the Friends of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens.  Managed by Friends board member Adelaide Kistner who volunteers her time and considerable experience in retail operations, the shop is located near the parking lot of Foster Garden and does not require the admission fee into the garden.

     Specialty items include a good collection of garden books ranging from elegantly illustrated coffee table books for the casual reader to hands-on guidance in plant cultivation for the serious gardener, all in a wide range of prices.

     Kitchen towels in bright floral prints, a variety of watercolor prints of island scenes, umbrellas patterned with banana leaves or orchids, and note cards featuring drawings or photographs of tropical plants (many by Carole Chun) make great gifts. The shop also sells seasonal surprises, and Adelaide is now stocking Christmas ornaments made from Pacific shells as well as gourds and other natural products.

     Packaged cuttings of plumeria and other island favorites, inspected and passed by the Department of Agriculture so that they may be shipped or taken as luggage out of the state, are popular gifts. The shop also features a canvas tote bag decorated with the Friends’ logo, the leaf of the bo tree.

     On a purely practical note, the shop also stocks bottled water and soft drinks as well as packaged snacks for garden visitors to carry on their tours through the garden. Please visit the Friends gift shop at Foster Garden. Hours are Monday 10:30 - 2:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 3 pm.



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