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Waimea Valley Sep 15
not your average lilly pads

World Class Botanical Gardens

Waimea Valley plays a rich and culturally significant place in O’ahu history. Each island has a section referred to as Waimea(Hawaiian word meaning reddish water,caused by runoff from red volcanic soil rich in iron oxide)so don’t be confused when you hear the reference to Waimea on individual islands.
Waimea Valley on O’ahu historically was the home to and was ruled by a long line of Ali’i Nui(kings), Ali’i(Chiefs) and Kahuna Nui(High Priests). The last Kahuna Nui to reside in Waimea Valley was Hewahewa, the High Priest from the Island of Hawai’i.  From the moment you enter the valley, you can feel you have arrived at a special place. From the towering trees that stand guard over the entrance, to beautiful lilly ponds  that line the way as you start the 3/4 mile hike up to Waimea Falls there is beauty everywhere. Despite the valley going through many changes over the years, the mana(life force, essence) still remains and the urge to protect this important ahupua’a(Hawaiian land division that extends from the mountains to the sea) is the mission of the Stewards and Staff of Hi’ipaka LLC.
How about a dip in a cool waterfall pool ? 

Waimea Falls

A special treat  for those that choose to take the 3/4 mile  approximate 30 minute walk up to Waimea Falls, the pleasure of taking a dip in the cool pond that forms below Waimea Falls. For those that can’t walk up on their own, there is also a shuttle that can take you up to the falls.  The size of the falls will be determined by recent rainfall on the island overall, but still an exhilarating experience. Life guards and some water toys available to assist visitors. Great photo op for  honeymooners under the waterfall for sure.

 

Why visit Waimea Valley? What is there to do ?

Waimea Valley offers  Cultural Tours and Events – Educational Programs- Guided Hikes (well worth the cost) -On going conservation- Volunteer opportunities -Special events such as WEDDINGS -Facility rentals for special events- on line gift shop-Moonwalks-Plant Sales- and Workshops(check on line for schedule) a lovely cafe with salads, wraps  and so forth  and treat yourself to a mango smoothie.

Waimea Valley- Daily from 9:00am-5:00pm (Closed Thanksgiving,Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

Located:   59-864 Kamehameha Highway , Hale’iwa, Hawai’i 96712    Phone (808) 638 7766        Website www.Waimeavalley.net

For more information on this and other O’ahu activities  contact Linda Dancer      linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line  828-256-1520

 

  Don’t forget the best way to enjoy your stay on the islands is to get out and Explore !  

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