Waimea Falls Park is ranked amongst some of the best Oahu hikes, this is more like a pleasurable one mile
stroll through lush botanical gardens, that lead up to the
grand waterfall. Still known as the
Falls Park, this Oahu waterfall and tropical grounds are now run
of Waimea Valley Hi’ipaka.
check out this beautiful cascading waterfall and surrounding area!
Unlike the other waterfalls
on Oahu, Waimea Falls Park was
entertainment theme park where you could drive up right up and
grab a seat, and sip on a pineapple juice beverage while watching cliff
divers take death defying plunges alongside the Waimea
dancers used to provide additional entertainment with dance
performances as well.
After years of neglect, this area was transformed into the non-profit Waimea Valley gardens that now benefits and preserves the Hawaiian culture and community.
The road that you once drove inland to the waterfall has been turned into a beautiful botanical garden walk. The type of entertainment now offered are more educational presentations and workshops on Hawaiian culture and history, including the surrounding lands, animals and different species of plant life.
There are usually demonstrations, workshops, tours, works of art, and Hawaiian performances taking place in the main entrance courtyard.
You will find the Waimea Valley staff friendly and a rich source of information, as they take great pride in their heritage.
You won’t find many Oahu hiking trails here, but more like a
stroll that mainly takes place along a flat road that weaves through
the lush, tropical jungle and leads you to the main attraction -- the
Waimea Falls. Give yourself enough time so you can enjoy the beautiful
flora on this meandering path.
You might feel like you have stepped into the movie set for
Park, as you are surrounded
by oversized tropical plants and unique
botanical gardens. You will find many posted
signs along your
walk, describing the grounds, history and plant life that exists in the
sacred Waimea Valley.
Take note that the
nursery sells plants and flowers from its award winning botanical
garden on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 am.
Spend a full day
traveling outside Waikiki, viewing iconic landmarks around the island
and famous north shore beaches, while making important stops to
view the stunning waterfall in Waimea
Valley, and ending the day with some fun at the Dole Plantation. Learn more and
reserve a spot.
It should take you
about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the Waimea
which is anchored at the end of the trail. You will be
rewarded with the stunning presence of a 30 foot waterfall that
cascades down into a pool below.
Although the cliff divers are long gone, the one thing that
changed at Waimea Falls Park is the ability
to take a plunge into the
fresh water pool, and swim up to the waterfall if you dare.
You will find lifeguards
on duty, and
life jackets available
use if you choose to wear one.
If you want to see the waterfall in its full glory, make sure
after some substantial rainfall. Otherwise, the glorious
cascade you were expecting might have dwindled down to a small trickle.
This should go without saying but please do not drink the water while swimming at the waterfall.
Take the 98A bus from Kuhio Ave (away from Diamond Head) to the Wahiawa Armory (ask the bus drive to notify you), where you will need to transfer to the number 88A Oahu Bus.
The 88A Oahu Bus will take you into Old town Haleiwa and then onward towards the North Shore Beaches. Ask the bus driver to notify you once you have arrived at Waimea Falls Park. He will drop you off near Waimea Valley Road, where you will have to walk the last 200 yards.
There is a small park entrance fee that goes towards the
preservation and maintenance of the gardens and grounds. Also
consider an ultimate waterfall tour with many side
attractions as well...
FREE Keiki Day Wednesdays for kama'ania & military ages 4 to 12 - August 17th, 24th, 31st 2016
Oahu GO Card gives discounts to
museums and tours around the island, including access to Waimea Valley Park & Falls...
Hours of Operation
Open daily between 9am and 5pm
Closed on certain holidays,
including Thanksgiving & Christmas
Just follow the river that travels from the Waimea Waterfall, back down the park and across the highway, into Waimea Bay Beach Park.
Known as one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Shore, this Oahu beach also produces some of the largest waves to be ridden and seen in the wintertime. When the gigantic waves go flat in the summer, the kids turn to jumping off the gigantic Waimea rock into the water!
Travel a little bit farther up the road, and discover the world famous Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach.
If the Oahu surf report
indicates that the waves are up on the North Shore, and you manage to
find a parking spot, then you’re in for a treat!
This is probably one of the only spots on the island where you can walk up to the shoreline and view big wave riders, surfing perfect barreling waves that crash onto a razor sharp reef.
Haleiwa has a neat little rustic North Shore old town to stop by when passing through or returning from Waimea Falls Park.
You will find a handful of Hawaiian art galleries, ono restaurants, shrimp trucks, old school surf shops, clothing and boutique stores, and 2 popular Hawaiian shave ice shops.
Waimea Heiau Ruins – Just above Waimea Bay is one of the most well preserved Hawaiian heiaus on the island, known as Puu o Mahaka State Monument. Most of the outlying walls are still intact, giving you prospective on just how large the site was.
You can drive up to this site which is a quarter mile up the road, or take a small hike up a trail that starts just beyond the entrance to the beach parking lot. There are some nice views along the way and up top!!