Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls

It is an easy 1.9 miles hike (back and forth, about 45 mins to an hour) with an with elevation gain of 275 ft.

The hike allowed me to explore the Botanical Collection of Waimea Valley. Over 150 acres of gardens filled with more than 5,000 types of tropical and sub-tropical plants, many of which are native or endangered.









Known to ancient Hawaiians as "The Valley of the Priests," Waimea Valley was given its name over a thousand years ago in 1090 when Kamapua’a, the ruler of Oahu bequeathed the land to the high priest Lono-a-wohi.


For hundreds of years, the descendants of the kahuna nui (high priests) lived and cared for the land while creating large heiau (temples) and numerous fishing shrines along the edges of the entrance to the valley. They even carved out burial caves within the steep cliffs of the surrounding valley walls.

The priests and their descendants were stewards of this lush paradise until Western explorers, whalers and missionaries made contact with the islands and overthrew the indigenous Hawaiian religion in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Eventually the last remaining descendant of the kahuna nui fell heavily into debt and had to mortgage the land. Upon her death in 1886, Waimea Valley was foreclosed.



Waimea Falls

Nestled deep in Waimea Valley is the Waimea Falls .



The waterfall at Waimea Valley is about 45 feet high. The waterfall is delightful!


Waterfalls are very much affected by the weather. The more rain the island gets, the more the waterfall will flow. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it has been a lovely week. If you want see a powerful waterfall, try going the day after it has rained.


Waimea Falls is a very popular in Oahu, and the pool can get pretty crowded during the middle of the day.



If case you are wondering... the National Audubon Society has been awarded the lease to the land and went back to the area's roots to showcase the valley as an ecological and cultural center.


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I am pretty sure you had fun with this amazing walk shared

Yes, it was fun!!!'The pool of the waterfalls was delightful!
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It looks like a lovely place to meander about and also to cool down on those hot days! You are so lucky to have been able to go and see this. Thanks for sharing sis and have a lovely evening!🤗😘🌸💖 !LADY

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There are other sights in Oahu... all pretty.
Don't worry, you'll get to see it someday.
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Love ya back sis!🤗😘🌸💖

This has been a great walk along with you through your beautiful photos :) And how cool it is to end up at the waterfalls where everyone looks having fun and joyful!

It was just fun to look at the different varieties of trees and plants. Some are very old!
Yes, that was an added bonus! Well, we knew it was fun to swim, so we were ready for it!
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Oh. lovely! Everyone should have a walk like this. The lushness was incredible and how busy that pool was.

This must have been amazing in person!

Everything is so green there!
I spent 2/3 of my day just admiring trees and plants, listening to the birds... and of course swam in the pool and how delightful the waters.
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It was quite amazing.

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It looked like it was. So peaceful, yes? Is that where you would to retire someday?

The pool was so cool!! It looked like everyone wanted to swim that day!

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Hopefully in twenty years time, or earlier!
I have all these years to decide where to buy, maybe two small homes in different islands.
One thing I am starting to realize is that you can have both worlds there.
And it isn't third world, because it is the US. So unlike the others so called island paradise!
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One thing I am starting to realize is that you can have both worlds there.

Absolutely. I love the US and I also love to travel, but, that is different than calling it home. My family ties are here ❤️ Not to mention all of my school friends.

I like having a few houses here and visiting them. It is fun looking down the road and wondering where the future will take me or keep me.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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How beautiful everything you show my friend. Thank you for always sharing such nice things.

Wonderful photos.

Greetings @silversaver888

I was randomly taking photos as I was enjoying the hike. I am glad you think they are wonderful, hehehe. I forget that I have a blog!
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Sometimes it happens that you can forget it. Besides, you should enjoy yourself without thinking about other things. Greetings friend @silversaver888 🤗🥰❤️😘

Believe me, I did most of the time! And when I remembered... oh, too late... hahaha!
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This looks all very inviting so green and refreshing. And very nice trees.

At my location it is currently just hot

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I never asked... where do you stay?
I'm from Northern California!
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I am located in southern Germany. I guess you also read in the US news that Europe is stuggling with a heat wave. We will go to Italy for vacation soon and i hope it will not be even hotter there.

It is also very dry currently here.

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Oh wow!!!
Thursday was a killer! At least today, it will be okay!
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Wow that's so cool sort of looks like the best part of the trip

The best part of my trip was the daily swim in the lagoon, and Lanikai Beach!

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the trees the greens the light all superb you know I love this walk

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

The walk was sweet! There was a steady breeze blowing!!
And the different trees and plants... just magnificent!
The waterfalls are not the tallest, only 45 ft. But it was busy because the pool was just fantastic!
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45ft is still impressive there arent any near here so I loved it :)

There are many waterfalls in Hawaii... mostly very tall and impressive!
I like this one... it is safe to swim underneath it, hehehe!
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Ohh that’s so cool swimming under a waterfall is such an amazing experience

Ans it is great behind it, hehehe!
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It was a magnificent walk!
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Wonderful that the National Audubon Society has been awarded the lease to the land @silversaver888!😀
A sad story how people came to this beautiful land and the last remaining descendants of the kahuna fell into debt.......
I could spend all day at this spot, so very nice that so many people are enjoying!🤗

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I wish I didn't have to be back. That will be in 20 years still!
I have time to save up... I swear, I will buy me my place back upon retirement!
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Exploring most unusual plants in a lovely place, forming botanical gardens many years ago realizing the riches lay in the land, nice history.

Waterfall must be stunning after rains fall, perhaps being there during the rain would offer photography without so many swarming to enjoy the water.

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Oahu has tons of places to visit. But just like me, after being away so long, there are places you visit often, like the Lanikai Beach and this one.
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Whole region looks fascinating, easy destination for you to let go of mainland and enjoy tropical warmth with completely different scenery you normally have.

!LUV the islands, a little too far from here 😇

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No need for Hawaii!!!
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