The Waimea Valley, located on the North Shore Oahu, is a place of cultural and historical importance to Hawaii. It has seen many changes over its history.
Kamehameha The Great conquered the valley in 1795 due to its abundance of resources and geographical location. Kamehameha the Great’s most trusted spiritual adviser Hewahewa was given the area and he became its chief. Some political changes were made during his rule, mainly due to powerful foreign influences. The traditional kapu system was also dissolved and converted to Christianity. Hewahewa and his co-ruler decried Hawaiian gods, and helped to destroy all religious idols as well as heiau (Hawaiian sacred sites). From then until 2003, the valet’s ownership was transferred to another person. In 2003, the valley was returned to the control of a native Hawaiian government entity.
Waimea Botanical Gardens is today a popular spot in all of Oahu tour. This is not only because of its historical significance but also because of the stunning view of Wailele waterfall, a 30-feet tall waterfall, that cascades into a large pool below. The trails for hiking in the valley feature portraits of the past Hawaiian monarchy and some old tools and instruments that were used to cook, dance, and other activities related to Hawaii’s culture. The Botanical Garden is filled with lushness and tropical plants that you can’t help but admire. Ku Ono Wai Wai Gift Shop is also located in the Garden Park. Here tourists can purchase souvenirs such as earrings, soaps and oils, skin care products and signs, and even food like toffee or snacks.
There are many adventures you can experience in Waimea, that is why private tours in Oahu, Hawaii always include this valley as a top spot to go to.
To learn more about Waimea Botanical Garden and why is it a top spot to visit in Oahu Hawaii, you can read this infographic from Go Hawaii Tours.