Stop 4: Ho'omaluhia Gardens
Nestled close to the Pali, Ho'omaluhia Gardens is a 400-acre botanical garden and nature conservancy. The garden is planted with plants, trees and shrubs (many of which are rare and endangered) from different parts of the world. There are horse trails and a community center with classrooms that make it an excellent attraction on the Windward side of Oahu.
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Ho'omaluhia was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in part to provide flood protection for Kaneohe. The lake that we see in the first and second photos here acts as a reservoir for flood water that forms when heavy rains on the Koolau Range go streaming towards the town. In better weather, the lake is a quiet place to listen to birds and enjoy all of the flowers.
There are official camp grounds at the Gardens, although you have to get a permit (from the Visitor Center at least two weeks in advance) to use them. There is also a fine picnic area where you can enjoy open spaces such as the one seen here.
Ho'omaluhia is not strictly a botanical garden; it also includes a natural forest preserve with lots of interesting trees, bushes, vines, flowers and fruits. The Garden also offers many special programs to help the visitor enjoy the natural environment, including nature walks, hikes, camping and local crafts.
From here you can continue on to Stop 5 on the ground.
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Author: Peter Mouginis-Mark
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Curator: Lori Glaze