Explore a Valley Time Has Not ErasedO‘ahu
Take a trip to O‘ahu’s North Shore to discover a sacred ahupua‘a (a land division that usually extends from the mountains to the sea) that just so happens to have a world-class botanical garden in the middle of it!
WAIMEA VALLEY, located across from Waimea Bay, is a 1,875-acre, privately owned nonprofit property filled with more than 5,000 different documented plant species and native flora—many of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
A rich and culturally significant wahi pana (storied place), the valley has been home to and ruled by a long line of ali‘i nui (kings), ali‘i (chiefs) and kahuna nui (high priests), the last of whom, Hewahewa, was a high priest from the island of Hawai‘i.
Waimea Valley has gone through many changes over the years, but the mana (life force) of those who once ruled here remains. Evidence of this early existence can be found in the many cultural and archaeological sites located throughout the valley, such as the Hale O Lono Heiau
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Cultural activities include Hawaiian games and crafts, songs and storytelling with the valley’s kupuna (elders). Also located on-site is the snack bar Na Mea ‘Ono, which specializes in locally grown and produced meat, fruits, vegetables, soft drinks and desserts; and Ku‘ono Waiwai, a gift store that offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans.
For those wanting to make a full day of their Waimea experience, O‘AHU NATURE TOURS’ WAIMEA WATERFALL AND CIRCLE ISLAND ADVENTURE takes you to Waimea and a few of the island’s most beloved sites, including BANZAI PIPELINE, HALE‘IWA TOWN and the North Shore’s FAMOUS SHRIMP STANDS.
Waimea Valley is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. There is an admission fee.