Picnic at an ArboretumKaua‘i
If you were to labor for months over plans for an ideal spot for a family outing, you’d be hard pressed to beat the Ke‘ahua Arboretum. Not so much a classic arboretum as a much-loved swimming hole fed by a rushing mountain stream, Ke‘ahua Arboretum is a great place for a picnic, a splash in the stream, or quiet contemplation.
The 30-acre arboretum, just past the Wailua Reservoir, comes into viewas a stream spills over the road, the pavement ends, and a rough, unimproved road fades into the wilderness. Continue on foot through rugged terrain, and you’ll arrive at a mountain pool called the Blue Hole.
The arboretum is located approximately 8 miles inland from the Wailua River. Drive Kuamo‘o Road on Highway 580 through Wailua Homesteads, heading toward the mountains. There is no entry fee and parking is available.