This historic nature park has gardens, cultural sites, and a waterfall that empties into a pool visitors can swim in. Don’t miss botanical specialist David Orr’s monthly full moon walks, which showcase plants that bloom at night. — Hoku Haiku 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa, (808) 638-7766, This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more about Hoku Haiku’s North Shore neighborhood in Oahu.
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The beautiful Waimea Valley is worth a stop if you enjoy botanical gardens and want an opportunity to swim under a 45 foot waterfall. This place is straight out of a movie and as a matter of fact many movies have been filmed here including The Hunger Games and the TV series Lost. The botanic gardens cover 150 acres but there is a nice 3/4 mile walking path leading to the waterfall. A tram is available for those physically challenged. This is a sacred valley to the Hawaiians and includes culturally significant wahi pana (storied places). Snack bar and gift shop.