Today, we visited Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe for the first time. It impressed me so much that it has already secured the top spot on my list of favorite places on O’ahu.
This gorgeous 400 acre botanic garden is home to a 32-acre lake, rare and endangered plants, camp sites, hiking trails, and a fishing area (catch & release fishing every weekend from 10 am – 2 pm). The park is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.
We went for a short hike, exploring the beauty of this expansive park with the majestic Ko’olau mountains as a backdrop. While there are many shaded areas, there are also wide open spaces that you must traverse. Thankfully, we had lots of cloud cover today so conditions were perfect for a leisurely walk to admire God’s creation.
Our visit to the gardens was made even more special as a result of the kindness of strangers. Since we came unprepared and didn’t bring bread, two different families gave our 4-year-old slices of white bread to feed the fish and ducks. And at the fishing area, a man offered to let our daughter catch a fish using his fishing pole. He patiently helped her until she finally caught a fish and brought it in! She was beyond thrilled!
Next time, we will visit with our own bamboo fishing poles and loaf of bread so that we can really enjoy interacting with the wildlife in the park. We will also be sure to pay forward the kindness others have shown us here.
Ho’omaluhia is a feast for the eyes with many different types of flora and fauna to appreciate. Here are some of the images I took using my iPhone.