Today was my first good day in a some time. Dizziness, vertigo, and a general feeling of malaise had been plaguing me since the beginning of the month. So, we took advantage of my vigor and made it a spontaneous family field trip day! Luckily, Hubby always has a hike or two in his back pocket, and we decided to head out to the Friendship Garden in Kaneohe.
The Friendship Garden is nestled above a hilly residential area, which affords a great view of Kaneohe Bay when you reach the lookout at the top.
According to their website, the Friendship Garden features:
One kilometer (0.6 miles) of non-strenuous hiking trails takes visitors through groves of macadamia, banyan, mahogany, strawberry guava and eucalyptus trees in a well thought-out, but “non-manicured,” natural setting. A tea house, stone lantern, pavilion, lava stone platform steps and the replica of a large ornamental stone basin donated by a Japanese university add to the garden’s natural attractions.
The website describes the hike as “non-strenuous,” but warned that there are certain areas of incline but they are not too steep or treacherous. Our 4-year-old daughter navigated it well enough and had fun as it offered just the right amount of adventure along its “non-manicured” trails.
There were different types of foliage/terrain to enjoy along the way.
I especially enjoyed the shaded areas of the bamboo forest, but so did the mosquitos — so be sure to bring your bug spray if you are one of those (like me!) who tend to be a bug magnet.
The Friendship Garden is a great family hike! Be aware that parking is very limited. There is enough space for 2 cars in front of the entrance, otherwise, you will need to find parking along the street in the residential area.