Waimea Valley

Phone (808) 638-7766
4.5 stars from 5 reviews
Address 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Beautiful botanical gardens along a trail that leads to waterfall. Nice way to spend a few hours walking in nature.

• General: Botanical Garden • General: Classes & Workshops
• General: Cost: Paid • General: Discount: Kama'aina
• General: Discount: Military • General: Discount: Senior
• General: Educational • General: Fun and Games
• General: Has Gift Shop • General: Kid Activities
• General: Photo Opportunity • General: Restrooms
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Kid Friendly
• Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes
• Hiking: Nature Walk • Hiking: Paved
• Sightseeing: Waterfalls • Sightseeing: Wildlife
• Tours: Food / Drink • Tours: Guided
• Tours: Self Guided • Cultural & Historical: Heiau / Sacred Site
• Cultural & Historical: Historic / Landmarks • Water Activities: Lake / Pond
• Water Activities: Pool / Swimming

About Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley is a rich and culturally significant wahi pana (story place). Historically, Waimea Valley has been home to and ruled by a long line of Ali'i Nui (Kings) and Kahuna Nui (High Priests). Today Waimea Valley is open to guests to come and experience the significant historical sites, authentic Hawaiian culture, botanical gardens with over 5000 plants from all over the world, and the natural rain fed waterfall.
Full Description
Waimea Valley is located Haleiwa on the North Shore of O'ahu across the street from Waimea Bay Beach Park. You may have to pay for parking depending upon the time of year and there is a fee to hike the valley which is $15 per person, with discounts for military and Kama Aina. There is a cultural center at the base of the valley with information and a gift store.

Upon entering the park, you'll see a magnificent banyon tree that is over 100 years old. As you head up into the valley on the paved road, you'll see lily ponds, and various fauna that are indigenous to the island, and other plant species that are unique to this area.

There are tours available, and you can get a ride up the path, but you'll miss a lot. On the way up, you'll see streams that pass under a few bridges that you'll cross along the way. There is a large grassy area toward the top with a canopy of monkey pod trees providing shade over the area. You'll see chickens and roasters bumping around in this area.

The Waimea Falls waterfall is one of the few on O'ahu - nice if you've never seen a waterfall in Hawaii, but definitely not one of the greats. You can swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall. Many people swim under the waterfall and stand on the ledge underneath it. It's a great place to have someone take a picture of you for that tropical waterfall shot you need for Facebook.

The TV series Lost was filmed in part here.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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I like Waimea Valley. It's a beautiful, tranquil, peaceful path with beautiful scenery. Very relaxing, and worth the visit. I would give it 5 stars, but I'm docking it a half a point for the parking and trail fees for a place that should be free of charge and part of the state parks.
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
Waimea valley and Cultural centre is just amazing! The scenery is just gorgeous and the gardens are beautiful. Great place to take a walk and be at peace. The waterfall is beautiful this is a must do. Great opportunity to take a lot of awesome pictures so make sure you bring your camera. Will definitely be back to enjoy this beautiful place. Go check it out.
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 146
Likes Received: 2
The botanical gardens here are beautiful. Although, I've found that some times during the year are better than others. I went this past March and flowers were not plentiful. But usually the scenery is amazing. You can always find a peacock (or 5). And the restaurant is pretty delicious as well. It's a pretty easy "hike" to the waterfall for anyone. Great way to experience a waterfall and not have to hike for hours.
Jennie S
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 39
Likes Received: 2
Waimea Valley is absolutely beautiful. You wouldn't believe all of the photos I took! Seeing the waterfalls was spectacular. I just wish I wore my bathing suit that day because then I would have jumped in the water. But walking around and seeing how the "Old Hawaii" culture was was awesome. The trails are easy to navigate, so you can easily wear flip flops and sandals. It was so nice to walk around.
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 7
Likes Received: 3
This is a great place to walk around and an easy hike (paved ground) for pretty much anyone. At the end (maybe a 1/4 mile walk) is a waterfall that you can actually swim in so wear bathing suits (they have a place to change there if needed). This is probably the easiest way to see a waterfall on Oahu.
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