“Waimea Falls is truly a gem on the North Shore of Oahu!” IMG_6766IMG_6762waimea-falls-013IMG_6748IMG_6757IMG_6770IMG_6783IMG_6797IMG_6809IMG_6810IMG_6811IMG_6817IMG_6850IMG_6864IMG_6879While in Hawaii this past Memorial Day weekend, a friendly tourist suggested that we visit Waimea Valley on Oahu’s famous North Shore. I’ll be honest, I was initially not so keen on hiking or going  to the waterfall. I love the outdoors and I even love mother nature (from a distance), but, I couldn’t help think about what critters I might have encountered lol. Nevetheless, I eventually had an open mind to going and I am so glad I visited this place. This beautiful 1,800 acre historical nature park is not only magnificent but quite educational as well. When traveling I love to experience, explore, and learn because not only am I creating memories, but by immersing myself in another culture, a little piece of that culture becomes a little piece of me.
There’s much to take in at Waimea Valley from the ancient Hawaiian life style to plenty archaeological sites. This place definitely affords you a great opportunity to experience first-hand culture and tradition of the tropical island paradise. My favorite part of the park is the the 45-foot high Waimea Falls. However, to access the waterfalls, we hiked a paved hiking trail that extended gently up into the Koolau mountains that once was a sacred site and a heavily populated ancient Hawaiian village. During the hike, we encountered several tropical botanical gardens and several exotic flower collections. The wonder of nature abounds here. This park is perfect for the enjoyment of the entire family and teaching the value of  respect for Hawaii’s lovely, unspoiled environment. 

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