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“OK..Not great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley
59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712
(808) 638-7766
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Ranked #4 of 37 things to do in Haleiwa
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: A waterfall park offering native Hawaiian history and culture.
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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“OK..Not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Visited the Park in Dec with my wife and Kids. Expensive to enter but once in the Park it was quite nice. We took it slow and made it to the falls after a 90 min.walk. The falls were smaller then we thought they would be but it was a nice day in nature. One thing we didn't like was the windmills making a horrible sound. Not only are they loud but destroy the natural look of the Park. It's a shame they did this.

Visited December 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Gorgeous, well-maintained, educational, and so much fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Absolutely worth the time and cost. It's gorgeous. Peacocks roam the grounds, you can wander through a small (recreated) Hawaiian village on the way to the waterfall. The walk is the highlight of the trip, so I recommend parking at the entrance and walking back to the waterfall. The waterfall itself is maybe 3 stars - not bad, swimmable, but nothing too special. And be careful of your valuables while swimming - I saw some of the people who were supposed to be tending the valuables discreetly checking bags and jacket pockets while owners were in the pool. It's 100% worth it though, even if you don't swim at all. Gorgeous walk, area, and experience.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Lovely walk through valley and swim in falls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Walk through this peaceful valley of beautiful flora and fauna and then swim in the falls. So pretty, lots of birdlife and interesting plants. Well worth a visit. If you go on a Saturday there is a farmers market as well.

Visited January 2014
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Honolulu
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“its not the Waimea Falls of days gone by”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

but the beauty and natural wonder of the valley still calls to me
Actually I like it better now that it is focused more on the natural beauty and less on the touristy side that it was known for
Spend a few hours and connect with nature

Visited November 2013
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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“Tropical wonders and highly educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Waimea Valley is easily found off the North Shore highway. Back from the beach and ocean, you will find a mammoth array of tropical plants, rare plants, flowering trees and a gentle uphill climb for three quarters of a mile to a waterfall and swimming pond (ideal for kids, as it is lifeguard protected and you have to wear a life jacket). There is a small visitor center, gift shop and cafe. The entrance fee is modest ($15) but at busy times you have to park and walk in. The access road is narrow too.
Inside the valley, you can see thousands of labeled plants, so e with additional information and small side trails that describe the cultural significance of the area from hundreds of years of known history. The paved trail had dozens of people ambling up; it is entirely suitable for kids to walk or to use strollers. There is a small snack bar at the top and you can also take a shuttle golf car up and down if you need (additional fee). Be sure to take the very quiet hibiscus trail that follows the stream back towards the beach for some wonderfully colored flowers. Waimea Valley is highly recommended for couples and families. One caution is that turning left (west) out of the access road is not easy at peak times.

Visited January 2014
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