Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wahiawa Botanical Garden

One of five botanical gardens operated by the city and county of Honolulu, Wahiawa is the best family freebie on the way from Waikiki to the North Shore. A new (2006) visitors center, footbridges, and walkways punctuated with benches and vintage lamp posts create a restful route through 27 acres of mature trees and flowering plants, all of it spanning a stream ravine.

Most visitors miss the gardens since they are a mile or so off the main road, and instead are lured into the friendly tourist trap of nearby Dole Plantation. See page 191 of Oahu Trailblazer.