Waimea Valley

A highlight of my recent trip to Hawaii was Waimea Valley, a world-class botanical garden and cooperative conservation site.  It is located on the north shore of Oahu island less than an hour from downtown Honolulu.  Consisting of 1,875 acres Waimea Valley is positioned on what has been sacred land for over 700 years of native Hawaiian history.

The botanical garden is situated on 150 acres of the valley and is home to over 5,000 types of tropical and subtropical plants, including native and endangered species.  Over 70 other  historic and religious sites are in Waimea, as well as house areas, agricultural terraces, fish ponds, and a 45 foot waterfall.

The 3/4 mile paved path provides a wealth of stunning photographic opportunities, which we took full advantage of to share with readers of this post.

Heloconia plant (Heloconia collinsiana)

Heloconia plant (Heloconia collinsiana)

Traditional Hawaiian living site...

Traditional Hawaiian living area…

Palms, ferns & banana plants...

Palms, ferns & banana plants…

Ixora

Ixora

Zebra Dove - Native to southeast Asia, introduced to Hawaii in 1922...

Zebra Dove – Native to southeast Asia, introduced to Hawaii in 1922…

Waimea Falls - Waimea means reddish brown water...

Waimea Falls – Waimea means reddish brown water…

Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

Taking a break at the falls...

Taking a break at the falls…

 

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