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“Serene and beautiful”

Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
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Spiritual Hawaiian Culture Tour from Honolulu
Ranked #6 of 41 things to do in Kaneohe
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Owner description: A 200 acre botanical garden.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Serene and beautiful”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Tucked off in the hills is this beautiful 400 acre botanical garden and campground. The first garden (near the info center) is the best. Not a flowering type garden but a huge variety of plants, serene walkways, birds and best of all no crowds. Easy to drive around for anyone with physical disabilities but also perfect for those who prefer to hike/walk. Bring a lunch and water.

Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“lovely greenery, no crowds”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

we spent 1/2 day at this beautiful gardens and would have gladly spent the whole day... had to move on and see byodo-in-temple before it closed!! had a picnic lunch near the visitor center and then started our drive inside...we had downloaded a map from the website: http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/hmbg.htm and drove through the areas... kahua kuoa has Indian plants, kahua lehua has native hawaiian plants, kahua nui--african plants, kahua hau has different varieties of hibiscus... did not take the hikes in the interior of these areas but enjoyed the greenery on the drive as well as on short walks near the parking lot.. then we went on the trail near the visitor center which has lovely labelled specimens of heliconias, anthuriums etc... it led to the huge 32 acre manmade lake and we had a great time... amazing there were only a handful of visitors enjoying this free bounty!!

Visited December 2012
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Sedona, Ariona
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83 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Hoomaluhia botanical garden peaceful”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is located at 45680 Luluki Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii. This area was created by the US Arm yCorps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kaneohe. It’s open 9 am to 4 pm daily. Plants, bushes and trees are primarily form the Philippines, Hawaii, Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Polynesia, Melanesia, Malaysia and tropical America. I wasn’t expecting many flowers but in January, there were many trees blooming. There is an asphalt walk way for part of the trail to the lake. But the other half is on grass. And it rains often here, so the clay soil gets very, very slippery. This is not for those who have knee, hip or back problems if they decide to go off the asphalt sidewalk. The slopes are curving, but some are steeper than others as you walk down to the lake. There’s about thirty ducks and one gander who will quickly waddle toward you once they spot you. They like to be fed, although we didn’t feed them anything. There's a sign that says: do not feed the ducks. There’s a lovely lake (32 acres). It sits on a 400 acre sight. The Koolai Mountains rise behind this bot garden, very reminiscent of the Napoli Coast of Kauai. It is a dramatic place and on the wet side of the island. Best to carry a rain poncho and an umbrella. I suggest going in the morning because it is cooler. This is a lovely, unexpected bot garden. The surprises occur when you walk the perimeter of where the bushes and trees meet the well manicured lawns. The flowers may be up, down or somewhere in between. Take your time and look around. This bot garden has many programs, offer guided nature hikes, camping, ball playing and much more. Things such as kite flying, peace and tranquility. “Hoomaluhia” means “to make a place of peace and tranquility.” And it does. Bring a short lens if you are a photographer. Pack a lunch. It’s a great place to just “be” and let your spirit get massaged by Mother Nature. http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/hmbg.htm

Visited January 2013
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Agana, Mariana Islands
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice Place”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Spent the whole day hiking around. Nice place to spend the day. Friendly staff, they were helpful in answering questions before you walk around. Allow yourself some time and bring plenty of water.

Visited January 2013
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Pearl City, HI
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Beautiful place to picnic if you want away from the crowds and really great for Little kids!”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

This place is a gorgeous place to visit if you want to enjoy the mountains and Hawaii's fabulous weather. Keep in mind though that this place is located on the windward side of Oahu, so if it is sunny in Waikiki, It may be raining here- I would recommend calling the park to check the weather or checking online weather sites with radar to see if it is raining out there. First off I want to respond to the other reviewer that says you have to drive through a dilapitated neighborhood.. The neighborhood is not dilapitated--homes in the area run between $650k-700k, but due to the high degree of rain, mildew etc grows on the homes more often than on other parts of the island making them look run down.

Back to the park, it's a gorgouse park with a "lake" which was built as a flood control for the homes in the area. There are hiking trails, campgrounds with restrooms/showers, and a lake where catch and release fishing is allowed on the weekends from 10am-2pm. The park provides the fishing poles (bamboo)--you provide the non live bait (We used bread). On the weekdays you can feed the fish and ducks bread (bring your own) at the pond/lake-if you have little ones they will really enjoy this!

The park is not crowded at all and is a great picnic and enjoy the outdoors on Oahu. We will be back over and over again!

Visited December 2012
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