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Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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  • Driving through the park is like driving through a jungle paradise.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • There is plenty of parking at the visitor center.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Stop by the visitor center to see a few small exhibits or borrow a bamboo fishing pole.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Check in at the visitor center for camping.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The majestic Ko'olau Mountains are an awe-inspiring sight!- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The park seems like a tropical jungle.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Bathrooms are located close to the parking areas and camp sites.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • There is a short flat walk from the parking areas to the camp sites.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Kahua Kuou camping area.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • There are outdoor showers, potable water, and public restrooms available for use.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Sit by the lake under exotic tropical trees.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The view of the lake is serene.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The lake and surrounding mountains.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The majestic Ko'olau Mountains are an awe-inspiring sight!- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The majestic Ko'olau Mountains are an awe-inspiring sight!- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Native Hawaiian ōhi'a lehua.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The majestic Ko'olau Mountains are an awe-inspiring sight!- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The Kahua Lehua camping area is more of an open field.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • The majestic Ko'olau Mountains are an awe-inspiring sight!- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Historic charcoal kilns can be seen along the road.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Kahua Nui has plenty of campsites and a picnic pavilion.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Kahua Nui has plenty of campsites and a picnic pavilion.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Exotic palms line the tropical plant path to the lake.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Bromeliads line the path to the lake.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Birds of paradise plants are a tropical beauty.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Not all trees want to be hugged.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Pretty much every plant is marked with an informational plaque.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Head down to the lake for a picnic, stroll, or to go fishing on weekends.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • Head down to the lake for a picnic, stroll, or to go fishing on weekends.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • There are plenty of tilapia and cichlids for catch and release.- Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
  • - Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Quiet. Serene. Tropical.
Cons: 
Limited reservations
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Managed by: 
City and County of Honolulu
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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In the heart of Kaneohe, nestled at the foot of the steep windward flanks of the Ko'olau Mountains, lies the unique and expansive Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens. Ho'omaluhia is the largest botanical garden on the island of O'ahu, with over 400 acres of lush tropical scenery and plants from a wide variety of exotic locations grouped geographically throughout the park. The best part about Ho'omaluhia is that admission is free! 

Once inside the park, stop by the visitor center where there is plenty of parking and some small educational exhibits. A short walk down the path from the visitor center is the lake, where bamboo fishing rods can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Be sure to bring bread as bait for a catch-and-release style program that is great for the whole family. Along this path are also many different exotic plants, from cacao to banana, with interesting facts printed on signs for a self-guided tour of tropical flora. 

Camping is also allowed on weekends from 9:00 a.m. Friday to 4:00 p.m. Monday in designated sites around the picturesque park. Reservations can be made online no more than two weeks in advance. A flat-rate fee of $32 will cover all three nights for up to 10 people. Campsites are grouped into three larger camping areas, each of which requires a short walk from their respective parking lots. Campsites all have a fire ring and picnic tables. Camping areas have potable water, outdoor showers, bathrooms, and charcoal disposal pits for convenience. With its interesting location at the base of the windward side of the Ko'olau mountains comes the increased likelihood that you will be rained on, if only briefly, at some point during your stay. Bring rain gear and bug spray as mosquitoes love the damp conditions. 

The first camping area, Kahua Kuou, is situated two minutes down the road from the visitor center and has eight camp sites under a canopy of trees native to India and Sri Lanka. Each site is within sight of each other, with campsites #8 and #4 being closest to the bathrooms. The second camping area, Kahua Lehua, is a few more minutes down the road and has six campsites situated in a field of native Hawaiian plants with #11 and #12 being closest to the parking lot. This second camping area has similar accommodations, but less shade, so plan accordingly. The final camping area, Kahua Nui-Makai, is farthest down the road, with 15 campsites, a picnic pavilion, and group camping area. All camping reservations require a printed permit and access to and from the park are limited once they lock the gates after normal business hours. 

Make sure you plan ample time to explore all the park has to offer, as there are plenty of walking trails and other sites to see!

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