Oct 04

Waimea Falls Park: Oahu

waimea fallsWaimea Falls Park which also goes by the name Waimea Valley is a botanical garden that has 35 different plant collections from around the world.  In all, they house more than 5,000 tropical and subtropical plants.  These plants line a mile long trail that winds through several different gardens and ponds.  The trail takes you to a waterfall named Waimea Falls aka Waihi Falls.  Waihi Falls is a 45 foot waterfall that gives the visitor a great chance to swim underneath a waterfall.  Of course with all waterfalls that is the slight chance that something might be carried downstream and fall from the waterfall, but scores of people do it every day so the chances of getting hit by  anything is probably the same chance you will win the jackpot in the lottery. Water Lilly

Besides the many beautiful plants that are on display you will also walk by the Hale o Lono, which is sacred ground for native Hawaiians.  It is a temple that is dedicated to Lono which is the Hawaiian god of agriculture, fertility, peace, and music.  It was restored in 2008 and according to their website it is the only fully restored Hale o Lono in the state.BougainvilleaWaimea Valley also puts on several different activities each day.  You can visit and learn from Hawaiian elders who will teach you about what Hawaiian life is all about.  If you time it right you can visit with the botanical specialist.  There is also the chance to take a hula lesson or play traditional Hawaiian games.  If arts and crafts is more your speed you can take a class in lei making.  There is pretty much something to do for everyone of all ages. In the FallsWaimea Falls Park is also home to several native species of birds including the endangered Hawaiin moorhen.  So, if you are a birder you might enjoy this place because you can see some of the moorhen, one of the rarest birds on the planet.  The Hawaiian Moorhen is down to a few hundred left and this botanical garden has close to a dozen of them.
Yellow HibiscusKaren was a big fan of the botanical garden and would do it again if we are ever back on Oahu.  I on the other hand did not care that much for the admission price and spending $15.00 a person to go to a botanical garden is not my cup of tea.  Still, swimming under a waterfall is very unique and justified the price for my life.  The activities that you can participate in are a bonus and the staff and people that are there are very friendly.  If you are running out of options of things to do or getting tired of the surf then Waimea Valley is a good place to go if you can stomach the admission price.
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Waimea Falls Park
Located at 59-864 Kamehameha Highway on the north side of Oahu across from Waimea Bay
Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 7 days week except Christmas Eve and day, New Years Eve and day and Thanksgiving.
Cost as of 2011 Adults are $15.00 children and seniors are $7.50
For more information visit their website at http://www.waimeavalley.net/

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  1. freda phillips

    Looks very pretty to me. Where is a picture of the moorhen? Did you see them?

    1. Kenny and Karen

      This was before I was taking pictures for a blog so I was not trying to capturing everything back then. I am sure we saw some, I do remember seeing lots of birds at the botanical gardens

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