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The 1,875-acre Waimea Valley is filled with natural wonders: 35 botanical gardens with 5,000 varieties of plants, dozens of archeological sites, and a spectacular 45-foot waterfall. You can even take hula lesson or make a lei!
At Waimea Valley, on Oahu’s rural North Shore, visitors can experience Hawaiian culture in a spectacular natural environment. Waimea Valley is a living puuhonua, or a place of peace and safety. It’s also one of Oahu’s last partially intact ahupuaa, or land divisions, that extend from the mountains to the sea.
A paved path winds through 35 themed botanical gardens, featuring more than 200 plant families, including rare plants found only on the Hawaiian Islands. Some flowers are as big as a basketball! The 45-tall Waimea Falls are the focal point of Waimea Valley, and visitors are invited to swim in the pool below—so bring a swimsuit and towel!
Here’s a look at some of the other scenic highlights at beautiful Waimea Valley:
Ancient Hawaiian Archaeological Sites: Seventy-eight sites of interest have been identified here, highlighting religious shrines, housing sites, agricultural terraces, and ancient fishponds.
Wildlife: Native and endangered birds call Waimea Valley home, including the alae ula, and all five species of o’opu, a native freshwater fish that can be found in the Kamananui Stream. Please note that due to the fragile wildlife of the park, no domestic animals may be brought to Waimea Valley, with the exception of service dogs.
Cultural Activities: Take part in rich cultural pastimes as you spend your day at Waimea Valley, such as f as Lei making, Kapa demonstrations, Hula lessons, Hawaiian games, crafts, music and storytelling with Kūpuna! Call ahead to see what’s on the schedule for the day.
Artisanal Offerings and Cuisine: See and purchase the work of North Shore artists and Hawaiian artisans showcasing their locally-made products, and dine at the on-site concessionaries which feature local and fresh ingredients!
Fans of the TV show Lost might recognize Waimea Valley’s waterfalls as the place where Kate found the briefcase in the show’s first season. Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent…while the landscape is lush, the bugs can be fierce.
Waimea Valley contains rich history and was referred to as the Valley of the Priests for more than 700 years. The connection between native plants and culture is emphasized, and the park strives to leave visitors with a greater appreciation and respect for Hawaiian history, culture and tradition.
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Daily, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Swimming is assessed on a day to day basis by their lifeguards. To find out if swimming is available, call 808-638-7766 the morning of your visit.
Christmas Eve (closing at Noon)
New Year’s Eve (closing at Noon)
New Year’s Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.