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Waimea Valley, HI

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 20 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 130 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.15
Interest Ruins, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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18  2009-07-07 PrestonSands
8  2006-05-23 switchflare
Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Sun  6:21am - 6:28pm
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by PrestonSands

Overview: Waimea Valley, on Oahu's north shore, features a tropical botanical garden, ruins of ancient Hawaiian structures, and a swimming hole at the base of its main attraction: Waimea Falls. Bring bug repellent!


History: Waimea Valley, or "Valley Of The Priests", has an extensive history. The valley was under the rule of Hawaiian high priests for many centuries, and two temples were constructed there. Numerous archeological sites, mostly unexcavated, bare witness to a historically large population. Waimea Valley was the scene of some of the earliest encounters (and conflicts) with European sailors. In more recent times, Waimea Valley has transitioned from theme park, to adventure park, to its present status as a botanical garden run by the Audubon Society.

Hike: From the visitor's center complex, several intertwining routes lead up the lush canyon, the main route being a closed asphalt road. The plant displays along the route are arranged according to their geographic occurrence, with plants from tropical areas around the world. Early on, one of the many side trails will take you to the ruins of some agricultural structures along the south slope of the canyon. Enormous koa trees keep the hike well shaded. The road crosses perennial Kamananui Stream several times.

This road hike reaches its end at an overlook of 40 foot high Waimea Falls, and its large natural pool, three quarters of a mile from the visitor's center. Brown cliffs of basalt form a box around the falls, whose flow varies greatly depending on rainfall and season. This popular swimming hole is open to swimming, lifeguard permitting. Enjoy the cool water, but avoid getting it in your mouth. Apparently, leptospirosis bacteria is a problem in Oahu's streams.

If you had not noticed the Hale O Lono temple ruins near the visitor's center, be sure to see them on the way out.

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2009-08-15 PrestonSands
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Shauna and I stopped by Waimea Valley, one of my old favorites, on a circular drive around the island of Oahu. We made our way up the paved pathways of this amazing botanical garden and tropical rain forest, marveling at the incredible plant life. Passing thunderstorms unleashed a downpour as we reached Waimea Falls, so we cut our visit to the falls short. The garden was closed when we made it back, so we left the oppressive humidity and mosquitoes behind to enjoy sunset at the beach. Fun day!

    For what it's worth: ***Admission is now $16. for adults. Hours 9 to 5:30 pm.***
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    I didn't remember much about this place from our family's 1990 visit here, other than the beautiful waterfall. Nineteen years later, I returned. After the hike through the botanical garden, we arrived at the falls. With significant cloud cover, the swimming hole was a bit chilly, but it sure felt good! A very special and memorable place.

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    Admission is $10. per person for adults, and $5. per child, payable at the Waimea Valley visitor’s center.


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    To hike
    From Honolulu, follow Interstate highways H1 and H2 to the town of Wahiawa. From Wahiawa, head north on highway 99 (Kamehameha Highway)to the coastal town of Hale'iwa, where highway 99 transitions into highway 83. Follow highway 83 north along the coast to Waimea Bay, then turn right at the sign for Waimea Valley, at milepost 5.7. Follow the road up Waimea Valley to its end at the Waimea Valley visitor's center.
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