Waimea Valley

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Waimea Valley was  known as “the valley of the priests” in the time of the ancient Hawaiians as it was home to the Kahuna Nui (high priests.)  It was the site of first contact between the Hawaiians on Oahu and European explorers in search of fresh water. This encounter did not go well and ended with the execution of the HMS Daedalus’ captain.

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Today Waimea Valley is a park that includes several historical structures. It is also home to botanical gardens and a waterfall with a swimming hole. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a video of the waterfall.

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The trail to the waterfall is about a mile on a wide path through the botanical gardens, with many signs naming the various tropical plants. On the day that we were there, a section of the trail was blocked off because a movie crew was there filming Jumanji 2.

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In its modern history, Waimea Valley was a County Park and then was managed by the National Audubon Society for five years. In 2008,  Hi’ipaka LLC, a non-profit organization created by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs took over management of the park.

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When I’d visited in the eighties, swimming in the deep pool at the base of the 45 foot waterfall was a free-for-all and a little scary to me at the time. On this visit, we were handed life vests before we could go in the water. Apparently, there have been drownings, so the rules have changed.

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Location: 2055 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Designation: Military Reservation

Date established/designated: circa 1904

Date of my visit: April 2019

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Anahulu River

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Every place we visited in Hawaii was steeped in history. We spent one morning kayaking (my daughter opted to paddle board) on the Anahulu River via Tsue’s Farm in Haleiwa on the island of Oahu.

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The Anahulu River is 7.1 miles long. Anahulu translates to ten days.
It is on the western side of the Koolau Mountain Range and empties into Waialua Bay at Haleiwa. We paddled a mile or so and saw locals catching big crabs along its banks.

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Haleiwa (‘home of the frigate bird’)was once the site of an ancient Hawaiian village, then farmland providing food for King Kamehameha’s army, and later, a base for Protestant missionaries. In the late 1800s it was a summer home for Hawaiian monarchs.

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After our paddle, we enjoyed a delicious lunch of coconut shrimp, teriyaki chicken and noodles on the banks of the river, accompanied by some of the island’s wild chickens and kittens. Afterwards, we were treated to shave ice from their stand.

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Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
  • Green World Coffee Farm
  • The Dole Plantation
  • Anahulu River
  • Waimea Falls (coming soon)
  • Hau’ula Beach Park (coming soon)
  • Tropical Macadamia Farm (coming soon)
  • Byodo-In Temple (coming soon)
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (coming soon)
  • Aloha Tower (coming soon)
  • Diamond Head (coming soon)
  • Iolani Palace (coming soon)
  • King Kamehameha Statue (coming soon)
  • Aliʻiōlani Hale (coming soon)
  • Pearl Harbor (coming soon)

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Location: 62-400 Joseph P. Leong Hwy, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712

Date of my visit: April 11, 2019

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The Dole Plantation

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The Dole Plantation is a tourist attraction on the island of Oahu.  We stopped here long enough to get our free sample of Dole Whip (soft-serve pineapple ice cream) and get a little background on the pineapple industry in Hawaii.

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Originally a fruit stand in the 1950s, the Dole Plantation became a full-fledged tourist attraction in 1989, complete with a train ride, maze and tour. We didn’t do any of the more touristy things, so I can’t speak to their value.

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The Dole family was involved in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and Sanford Dole was the US territory’s first governor until 1903. Sanford’s cousin James Dole founded the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901. When the US annexed Hawaii,  selling produce to the mainland became more profitable…no tariffs.

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Pineapples are easily propagated by planting the crowns of other pineapples. From walking the garden, we learned that there are multiple varieties.

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If you stop here, visit early as this is an extremely popular and crowded place. And, as our tour guide warned us, do not buy the pearls!

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Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
  • Green World Coffee Farm
  • The Dole Plantation
  • Anahulu River (coming soon)
  • Waimea Falls (coming soon)
  • Hau’ula Beach Park (coming soon)
  • Tropical Macadamia Farm (coming soon)
  • Byodo-In Temple (coming soon)
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (coming soon)
  • Aloha Tower (coming soon)
  • Diamond Head (coming soon)
  • Iolani Palace (coming soon)
  • King Kamehameha Statue (coming soon)
  • Aliʻiōlani Hale (coming soon)
  • Pearl Harbor (coming soon)

Location: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, HI 96786

Designation: Former pineapple fields of James Dole

Date established/designated: circa 1950

Date of my visit: April 11, 2019

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Green World Coffee Farm

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Hawaii is the only state in the USA where coffee is grown because the plants thrive in Hawaii’s rich volcanic soil and tropical climate. Many tours of the islands will include a stop at a coffee plantation.

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On our North Shore tour of Oahu with Hoku Tours, we made a brief stop at Green World Coffee Farm. We are not really coffee drinkers, but we enjoyed walking through the garden to see the coffee plants and all the wild chickens that followed us around looking for a snack.

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We had a quick explanation of the harvesting and roasting process…Green World is a small farm with a coffee bar. They roast the beans on the premises daily and offer free samples of various coffees.

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Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
  • Green World Coffee Farm
  • The Dole Plantation (coming soon)
  • Anahulu River (coming soon)
  • Waimea Falls (coming soon)
  • Hau’ula Beach Park (coming soon)
  • Tropical Macadamia Farm (coming soon)
  • Byodo-In Temple (coming soon)
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (coming soon)
  • Aloha Tower (coming soon)
  • Diamond Head (coming soon)
  • Iolani Palace (coming soon)
  • King Kamehameha Statue (coming soon)
  • Aliʻiōlani Hale (coming soon)
  • Pearl Harbor (coming soon)

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Location: 71-101 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, HI 96786

Designation: Farm

Date established/designated: circa 1904

Date of my visit: April 11, 2019

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Fort DeRussy Beach Park

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Fort DeRussy is a beach-front military reservation in the Waikiki area. The beach stretches between Kahanamoku Beach and the Outrigger Hotel. While it is under the jurisdiction of the US Army, most of the park, including the beach, is open to the public.

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The Army purchased this land from a Chinese billionaire in 1904. The army built defensive batteries there, but after a test of the guns shattered the windows of nearby resorts, that use was discontinued. Battery Randolph then became an R&R installation during the Vietnam War. Today it houses the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaiʻi.

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I walked the beach from Kahanamoku to the end of DeRussy each morning to watch the sun rise over Diamond Head. The DeRussy Beach is said to be the largest in Waikiki, which is made up of 6 or 7 beaches. One morning, after it drizzled on me for a bit, I saw a rainbow.

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DeRussy Park also has a large landscaped greenspace. We could see people running, walking dogs or participating in a Tai Chi class there in the mornings.

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Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park
  • Green World Coffee Farm (coming soon)
  • The Dole Plantation (coming soon)
  • Anahulu River (coming soon)
  • Waimea Falls (coming soon)
  • Hau’ula Beach Park (coming soon)
  • Tropical Macadamia Farm (coming soon)
  • Byodo-In Temple (coming soon)
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (coming soon)
  • Aloha Tower (coming soon)
  • Diamond Head (coming soon)
  • Iolani Palace (coming soon)
  • King Kamehameha Statue (coming soon)
  • Aliʻiōlani Hale (coming soon)
  • Pearl Harbor (coming soon)

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Location: 2055 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Designation: Military Reservation

Date established/designated: circa 1904

Date of my visit: April 2019

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Kahanamoku Beach

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There is a law in Hawaii mandating public access to its beaches which states that any land below the highest wave line is considered state property and open to the public. As a result, resorts and developments must provide free access to beaches fronting their property. Only certain federal lands are exempt from this rule.

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Kahanamoku Beach is at the western edge of Waikiki, in front of Hilton’s Hawaiian Village.

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It is named for Hawaii’s legendary surfer, Duke Kahanamoku. His family owned the land before the resort was built.

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Duke learned to swim on this beach and went on to become an Olympic Gold Medalist. He was born in 1890 and died in 1968.

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While staying in Honolulu,  we had a room at the Hawaiian Village.  Each morning, still on NYC time,  I’d walk the beach and  lagoon, catching the sunrise over Diamond Head and watching shore birds before the beach-goers arrived.

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Kahanamoku Beach is adjacent to Fort DeRussy Beach, which is a military reservation

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Oahu Posts:

  • Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DeRussy Beach Park (coming soon)
  • Green World Coffee Farm (coming soon)
  • The Dole Plantation (coming soon)
  • Anahulu River (coming soon)
  • Waimea Falls (coming soon)
  • Hau’ula Beach Park (coming soon)
  • Tropical Macadamia Farm (coming soon)
  • Byodo-In Temple (coming soon)
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (coming soon)
  • Aloha Tower (coming soon)
  • Diamond Head (coming soon)
  • Iolani Palace (coming soon)
  • King Kamehameha Statue (coming soon)
  • Aliʻiōlani Hale (coming soon)
  • Pearl Harbor (coming soon)

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Location: Public access at the end of Paoa Pl, off Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii

Designation: Public Beach

Date established/designated: circa 1954

Date of my visit: April 10 2019

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Aloha! An update from T…

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Aloha readers of National Parks with T! We have just returned from our Hawaii dream trip. We flew into Honolulu and spent a few nights in a hotel from which we explored the island of Oahu. Then we boarded a cruise ship which took us to adventures on Maui, Hawai’i (The Big Island). and Kauai.

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Along the way we took about 1500 photos and should have lots of new blog posts from this trip throughout 2019. Needless to say, we are still a little jet-lagged and now that we are home again we are dealing with a health crisis for my little dog, Lily. She needs surgery, so we are preoccupied with that at the moment.

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Mahalo for reading and commenting on my posts! I do read all of your comments and they make me smile, even if I can’t respond right away. I promise to catch up with all of you in the near future!

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Meanwhile, you will continue to see previously scheduled posts. Until we meet again…