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Makaha Valley Riding Stables Sep 21

Makaha Valley Riding Stables

Regardless of how many times I return to the beautiful islands of Hawai’i I am constantly amazed at the hidden gems on the islands I have yet to discover and share with my clients. I had such an opportunity on my most recent visit to the island of O’ahu when I had the opportunity to visit Historic Makaha Valley Riding Stables    located on the west side of the island near Waianae. Literally tucked away in the heart of Makaha Valley,a place filled with Hawaiian history and culture.Visitors have the opportunity to learn about country life as a Hawaiian Paniolo(cowboy) or how to be a sustaining country farmer.You have the opportunity to gain hands on experience and learn about plants and animals indigenous to the valley, hike and discover historical sites, hear Hawaiian Legends and stories, and find out the story about Red Top, one of the mountain tips in Makaha Valley. Field trips and excursions are available to showcase the Ahupua’a system,I was so amazed to see the variety of vegetables and plants currently  growing in their Aquaponic System,truly the most amazing gardening system I have every seen anywhere,the series of catch basins, use of live fish, the recycling of water,truly amazing.Visitors will understand what it truly means to be a good steward of the land and why it is so important to protect the environment

Linda Dancer riding Makani

I loved learning everything about the valley  from an educational point of view, but nothing prepared me for my horseback ride up into the valley.  I rode Makani  pronounced mah-KAH-nee — Hawaiian word meaning “wind” .  I do suggest wearing a helmet  as   much of  the ride is through natural sometimes rugged terrain, but the horses are sure footed,  Pete and Al and  the other guides  are so kind and patient and make wonderful trail guides.   The view  from the top of the Valley was incredibly beautiful, and you just feel so fortunate to be in such an incredible spot on the island that so many people never see since it is on private land. There are many  RIDE options , we took part in the Makaha By Sunset(E NOA Twilight Experience Tour), no wonder locals say that the sunset is best seen from the West Side of the island.  After our incredible ride we finished off the evening with a Paniolo Chicken BBQ dinner (Hawaiian style)  complete with rice,salad,corn on the cob,rolls, fresh pineapple spears, drinks  and for dessert  me made S’mores by the campfire.   Equally incredible would be their MAKAHA BY SUNRISE EXPERIENCE – to fully enjoy the early morning tranquility of the valley – for Honeymoon Couples I would suggest to book a VIP Private Ride.
  The Stables are available to host  group functions , special events  and   WEDDINGS  – so if you are looking for something unique  this would be a great choice.
Contact Michael Takamura – Operations Manager  (808) 779-8904 email  mike@makahastables.com
Makaha Stables partners closely with E Noa Tours  (808) 591-2561
For a mountain to the sea adventure Ko Olina Ocean Adventures (808) 396-2068
Contact:   Linda Dancer  (828)256-1520   email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com 
** Most important **  Helping Hawaii’s Keiki (children)
By participating in their programs, you are helping to support the education mission of Makaha Cultural Learning Center which is a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) a Non-Profit 503(3)C 
                            Don’t forget  the best way to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands is to get out and explore !!!!

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