Wahiawa is one of those places on Oahu that most people find themselves just passing through; a flicker in the long drive to the North Shore. Other than grabbing some banana pie from Sunnyside, Meat Jun from Don Yangs, or Coco Puffs from Kilani Bakery, what else do you do when in Wahiawa?
It just so happens that buried deep in the urban jungle that is Wahiawa, you'll find a real jungle. Off the main drag, and about two miles down California Ave, lies a 27-acre forested ravine known as the Wahiawa Botanical Garden. You're welcome.
The garden, dating back to the 1930s, is one of the five Honolulu Botanical Gardens under the care of the City and County. Wahiawa's high altitude and cooler climate allow a unique variety of tropical flora to thrive, and its winding pathways and large grassy areas make this place both comfortable and an adventure. Be sure to check out their stocked collection of epiphytic plants, and to sign up for a group tour. So fill up your gas tank, pack a picnic and bring some bug spray ;)
Wahiawa Botanical Gardens
1396 California Ave.
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Find more info on the Honolulu Botanical Gardens website.
Story and photos by: Kenna Reed