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Waimea Valley botanical garden, North Shore

Oahu, HI
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Waimea Valley botanical garden, North Shore, Oahu Hawaii

Description

Waimea Valley botanical garden is a paved walk to a waterfall. To the waterfall is one mile, and then you return the same way you came. The path is wide and paved, and very busy with tourists. Along the way you see gorgeous tropical flowers and incredibly old trees. The Albizia Saman Monkeypod tree near the cashier booth is truly awe-inspiring. A wide muddy stream with little boulders follows the path, and in some spots the path is high high above the stream, giving the walk a nice feel. As a tourist attraction, Waimea Valley also offers demonstrations of Hawaiian crafts, items from nature to touch, and items with historical/cultural significance on display. There weren't any actual activities for kids on the day we came though, such as lei making, though there was a Hawaiian tutu (grandma) teaching kids how to play a Hawaiian checkers game. At the end of the walk, you can swim under the waterfall, though it didn't look enticing to me, and there is a risk of leptospirosis. All swimmers must wear a lifevest, which is provided.
This is the place where the TV show "Lost" was filmed, when Kate and Sawyer swam playfully in the natural pool below Waimea Falls, before they located Kate's briefcase. 
Wear long pants because there could be mosquitoes, and avoid the lush side paths if you don't want to be bit. 
After your visit, check out the heiau, Hawaiian religious site of sacrifice, at the top of the parking lot.
Come to Waimea Valley for the Haleiwa Farmer's Market, on Thurs from 2-7pm (see address below). 
It's very expensive for a whole family to do this walk, so if you don't want to spend money, have an awesome hike for free at Pupukea Road Trail. Here you won't see a waterfall or flowers, but you will have the whole trail to yourself.
Across the street from Waimea Valley botanical garden is Waimea Bay, a super place for a summer swim or to watch the huge waves in the winter. This is one of the nicest beaches you'll ever visit! Play on the shore, letting the waves push you up the sandy slope and then pull you back down. Keep your eye out for freak large waves though, which can occur.

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View of Waimea Valley from the road.
View of Waimea Valley from the road.
Purple flowering plant.
Purple flowering plant.
Interesting air plants.
Interesting air plants.
Sapium Ellipticum.
Sapium Ellipticum.
Globe Amaranth- such cute purple globes.
Globe Amaranth- such cute purple globes.
Abundance of Globe Amaranth.
Abundance of Globe Amaranth.
The waterfall and red bougainvillea branch.
The waterfall and red bougainvillea branch.
Swimming by the waterfall.
Swimming by the waterfall.
Standing beside the waterfall.
Standing beside the waterfall.
You must wear a lifevest in order to swim at the waterfall.
You must wear a lifevest in order to swim at the waterfall.
The stream that runs down from the waterfall.
The stream that runs down from the waterfall.
Hawaiian games.
Hawaiian games.
Bamboo.
Bamboo.
People walking in Waimea Valley.
People walking in Waimea Valley.
Pandanas tree.
Pandanas tree.
See the little people to see how big these banana trees are!
See the little people to see how big these banana trees are!
White hibiscus.
White hibiscus.
Multi-colored bird of paradise flower.
Multi-colored bird of paradise flower.
Red ginger.
Red ginger.
Leaves hanging over the stream.
Leaves hanging over the stream.
Visitors crossing the stream heading to lush glorious trees ahead.
Visitors crossing the stream heading to lush glorious trees ahead.
Staircase into mosquito territory...
Staircase into mosquito territory...
Wooden bench and pines.
Wooden bench and pines.
What a lush, beautiful place!
What a lush, beautiful place!
Mossy branch.
Mossy branch.
Tropical plants and grass shack.
Tropical plants and grass shack.
Unusual flower.
Unusual flower.
Vines on a tree.
Vines on a tree.
An abundance of green!
An abundance of green!
The road leads down to more beauty.
The road leads down to more beauty.
Trees and plants galore.
Trees and plants galore.
Yellow and white flowers.
Yellow and white flowers.
Shady stream.
Shady stream.
Red anthurium.
Red anthurium.
The Albizia Saman Monkeypod tree fills you with awe.
The Albizia Saman Monkeypod tree fills you with awe.
Hula items on display: dyed feathers, gourd rattle.
Hula items on display: dyed feathers, gourd rattle.

Directions

Waimea Valley botanical garden is located at 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, call (808) 638-7766. For your GPS, enter Waimea Valley Rd. Open daily 9-5. Closed Thanksgiving (fourth Thurs in Nov) and Dec 25. Cost is $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $8 for children aged 4-12. Local residents pay $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children aged 4-12 (bring your IDs). Individual annual pass is $50, or $100 for a family. 
Haleiwa Farmers Market, Thursdays 2-7pm, call (808) 388-9696.

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Last Updated Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:12:18 GMT