Waimea Falls Hike
Easy, family friendly trek
The entire family will enjoy this ¾ mile stroll on paved paths through our world class botanical garden and culturally significant archaeological sites. Guests enjoy cooling off in the falls before making the trek back down to the visitors center where Na Mea Ono Snack Bar serves up locally sourced, scrumptious snacks, lunch, and sweet treats.
What We Love:
- Swimming in cool refreshing falls.
- Exploring the newly restored Kauhale (Hawaiian living site)
- Attempting the play ulu maika , or rolling stone discs at Waimea Valley
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Visitors make pilgrimages to Hawaii for surfing lessons, tranquil turquoise waters and hammocks that sway between palm trees. But Hawaii has much more to offer than sun, surf and sea. Hi'ipaka, LLC a non-profit 501 c 3 that owns and manages Waimea Valley, offers unique cultural and botanical experiences. Guests enjoy the 3/4 mile stroll through the lush botanical gardens nestled amongst steep ridgelines with a number of cultural sites dispersed throughout the 150 acre gardens. Throughout the week, cultural and botanical tours are offered as are a number of cultural demonstrations and activities such as feather work, lei making, lomi lomi massage, weapon making and stone carving.
HAWAII IN HOLLYWOOD
Movie buffs will enjoy exploring the valley that films such as “Lost” or films like “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”; this exclusive valley served as the beautiful backdrop for some wild Hollywood moments – including action scenes tripping over climbing vines, bushwhacking through scratchy guinea grass, and the cries of the tropical birds echoing throughout the forest canopy.
A SACRED PAST
Waimea, “The Valley of the Priests,” is a cultural phenomenon. It is a land rich in cultural history both real and myth. In a 2003 archaeological assessment of the Valley, it was determined that some 80 percent of the area has never been examined and that many historical sites still lie buried underground. The sacred land details the story of more than 700 years of Native Hawaiian history, including two remaining temples, a fishing shrine, a newly restored Kauhale (Hawaiian Living Site) showcasing the daily life of native populations here in the valley.
“ If you are visiting between November and February, don’t miss Waimea Bay on the North Shore where the island’s top surfers take on 30-foot waves ”
IN SHORT / WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- There is an entrance fee to Waimea Valley
- Waimea Valley is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Address : 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa, Oahu
Phone: (808) 638-7766
Web Address : waimeavalley.net
Distance/Drive Time from THE MODERN HONOLULU : Time from The Modern: 39.5 miles or 1 hour
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