After a brief brush with tropical storm Flossie, we ventured out to the Windward side to explore Oahu's largest botanical garden, Ho'omaluhia. Tucked away against the Ko'olau mountain range, this sprawling 400 acre tropical garden offers picnic areas, trails, weekend camping, and an art gallery. Ho'omaluhia features tropical plants and palms from regions such as the Philippines, Hawaii, Africa, Sri Lanka & India, and Polynesia.The main path to the lake has informative signs on plants such as cacao, sealing wax palms, and allspice; while the lake itself is a popular spot for families to bring their children to feed the ducks and do some catch-and-release fishing. Ho'omaluhia is also a great spot to just wander around, explore the grounds and do some amateur bird watching. If you are planning a visit, be sure to remember your bug spray (trust me, no one likes a martyr when it comes to mosquitos), & a decent pair of walking shoes.
View of Ho'omaluhia's 32 acre lake
lauae ferns with grasshopper
a native hibiscus & heliconia foliage
hala and sealing wax palm