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      Waimea Valley Audubon Center is located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii on the North Shore. It is one of the best place for plant lovers to visit on Oahu, competing with Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden as the top spot. You may also see many different species of native and introduced birds at Waimea Valley. Including: Auku'u (The Black crowned Night-heron.), 'Alae 'Ula (common Moorhen) and  Pikake (Common Peafowl.). While visiting Waimea Valley take the time to explore the upper trails. You will find many different areas planted with tropical vegetation, that you would otherwise miss by going along the main trail to the waterfall.

     Of course the best part of Waimea Valley is its natural beauty and the Waihi Falls (Hawaiian for 'trickling falls') swimming is allowed in  the pond that forms at the base of the falls. So bring your bathing suit.

    After visiting Waimea Valley, why not head over to Waimea Bay for some beach time?

Waimea Valley
Waihi Falls @ Waimea Valley

       From the historic town of Haleiwa travel about 3.5 miles on Kam Highway.

Flora at Waimea Valley
Photo 1 - Torch Ginger
Photo 2 - Water Lily
Photo 3 - Hibiscus
Photo 4 - Firecracker Flowers
Flora at Waimea Valley
                 Photo 1 - Torch Ginger.
                 Photo 2 - Water Lily.
                 Photo 3 - Hibiscus.
                 Photo 4 - Firecracker Flowers.

       From the Waimea Valley Audubon center brochure ....."For Plant Lovers - The world-class botanical collections at Waimea feature 35 distinct gardens representing flora from different parts of the world and different groups of plants. Stroll through the Hawaiian collection, just beyond the Visitor Center and enjoy an assortment of plants found only in Hawaii, many of them very rare."

     Other botanical gardens on Oahu
Need to Know:

        Cost : $8.00 General, $5.00 Kama'aina, Seniors, Military, and Children 4-12.  It cost $2.00 to park charged at the entrance to the park. There is a nature store located before the entrance to the park. You may buy insect repellent here if you forgot to bring some. There is a main trail that leads directly to falls and is about 3/4 miles long. But there is a lower trails that follows the river and an upper trails that can lead you to some interesting flora. Take some time to explorer these upper trails! A bring water and good walking shoes. Insect repellent is recommend along with long pants.

          Note: There are amble restrooms and drink water stations along the trails.

  Open: Daily, 9:30 am to 5 pm
. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day

Kauhale - Traditional Hawaiian living site
Some of the different birds that can be seen at Waimea Valley
Photo 1 - 'Alae 'Ula (Common Moorhen)
Photo 2 -Male Peacock  showing off.
Photo 3 - Peacock at Waimea Valley.
Birds of Waimea Valley
                          Photo 1 - 'Alae 'Ula (Common Moorhen)
                          Photo 2 - Male Peacock  showing off.
                          Photo 3 - Peacock at Waimea Valley.
    Right: Visitors to Waimea Valley take a refreshing swim at Waihi Falls. There are restrooms and change rooms at the falls and a life guard on duty.
Waihi Falls
         Please be tourist smart - do not leave valuables in your car.
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