On this lush 400-acre preserve, all of the world's foremost tropical regions are grouped geographically. A staggering ... More
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden
On this lush 400-acre preserve, all of the world's foremost tropical regions are grouped geographically. A staggering variety of rare and endangered plants thrive here, with particular emphasis placed on native Hawaiian flora. Facilities include hiking trails, campgrounds, a visitor center and a 32-acre (non-swimming) lake. A variety of educational programs such as guided nature hikes are offered. Camping is allowed on weekend nights (Friday through Sunday).
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens is lush and breath taking any time of
year. The mountains in the background are what give you the sense of
being in heaven. I happen to live in the area and appreciate it year round.
It is so accessible and many places like this in Hawaii are not easy to get to. If you have seen it then you are blessed. It is true there are no real trails but there are plenty of other trails on Oahu to explore. Aloha and please come back again...
This was such a great place to camp! The camp grounds are large, varried, and have decent comfort stations. The campground we stayed at (Ku'ou) was situated on top of a hill overlooking a tranquil lake and the beautiful Ko'olau mountains. We were really surprised that with such great amenities that only one other person was camping in the area...what a shame, all the people camping at the beach are missing out big time.
Unlike the experience of the guy in the previous post, i found the ducks to actually be pleasant and adorable; and seriously, its not like the ducks are running you over, only 10 max came up to us, and this was after going up to them to feed them.
Its a bit buggy, but nothing a citronella candle couldn't handle...it all depends on where you set up camp, really.
All in all, its a great place to go and get away from Honolulu for a little while and reconnect with nature.
The Gardens didn't have much to see and there really aren't trails - just walk where the grounds are flat?!? Don't feed the ducks/gooses or they'll (all 50-60 of them) follow you for a LONG time. There were a handful of nice interesting flowers/fruit photo opprotunities. Hours of operation are 9-4pm. The entrance road is locked at 4pm so if you do come make sure you leave by 4pm! Don't forget BUG SPRAY!
The visitor's center does have helpful and informative people.
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