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Secrets of Hawaii : Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden
Ko'olau Mountain range @ Ho'omaluhia
Ko'olau Mountain range
Photo courtesy of Aukipa

       Ho'omaluhia means to "To make a place of peace and tranquility". And that is what awaits you at this park with over 400 acres of open green spaces, the towering Ko'olau Mountain Range draped in green and a 32-acre manmade lake setting the scene for a peaceful day of exploring the many different areas of the park.

     The park is divided into 6 main areas. Each area features plants from different parts of the world. Pa Launa is for Tropical American Plants. Kahua Kuou has plants from India/Sri Lanka. Kahua Lehua features Native Hawaiian Plants. Karua Kukui has plants from the different Polynesian Islands of the Pacific. Kahua Hau is for Hau Trees. And African plants are located in Kahua Nui. Each area has a parking lot and restroom facilities.

    The facilities at Ho'omaluuhia are well developed with restrooms, parking, picnic areas, and weekend camping areas. Bring a lunch or snacks and enjoy the beauty of  Ho'omaluuhia.

Ko'olau Mountain Range
Ko'olau Mountain Range
Photo courtesy of Aukipa
Need to Know:

    Insect repellent, good hiking or walking shoes are recommend. After all there is over 400 acres to explore.

Hours : 9:00am to 4:00pm Daily

Note: Camping is allowed 9:00 am Friday to 4:00 pm Monday.

    Take the Pali Highway from Honolulu to Kamehameha Highway. Travel north on Kamehameha Highway toward Kaneohe. After about 1 mile , turn left on Luluku Road and follow the signs to the botanical garden.


Red Ginger
     Above : Some of the different flowers that can be found at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden.
Mahwa tree (Madhuca Longifolin) native to Sri Lanka
Fruit of the Mahwa Tree
Fruit of Nutmeg Tree
Fruit of Nutmeg Tree

   This tree can be found in the Kahua Kuou area for  plants from India/Sri Lanka.

Nutmeg Tree
Nutmeg Tree
     Do not handle the plants, some maybe poisonous. In different areas you may encounter wet or slippery surface. Use common sense and caution while exploring the park. Obey all posted signs. including speed limits..
    Difficulty Scale: 0- Easy.