Beautiful Waimea Beach on the North Shore of OahuView All Sizes
JOURNAL : February 7, 2008
|Series||Hiking Waimea Falls Park|
Waimea Falls Park is a popular island attraction due to its extensive botanical portfolio and features like cliff-diving, a sanctuary of rare birds and an authentic Hawaiian village. But the owner went backrupt and the city bought it up for $5 million and sought an operator. The Audubon Society submitted the winning proposal and began operating it in 2003. In 2008 operation of the Park was turned over to Hi'ipaka LLC which was created by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Honolulu.
Here, resident peacocks strut around like royalty. Everywhere you go there is some delicate beauty or vibrant tropical growth. Waimea Falls Park has managed to capture most of the exotic species of flora and fauna in the islands and present them in the same context. The wealth and botanical exuberance represents a unique microcosm of the Hawaiian Islands.
A Path through Waimea Falls Park
Around February of that year an advertisement seeking a graphic designer and web developer was posted. Jennifer had worked there years before and suggested I send in my resume. Perhaps I could convince them to contract out their work to me, but I did not suggest it. After submitting all the appropriate documents I even went in and interviewed in a nice Hawaiian shirt but I think they wanted someone cheaper. Of course I didn't mind because it was an opportunity to return once again to this lovely valley and its abundant foliage.
These photos cannot begin to describe the vast array of plants in Waimea Valley. On another occassion we took numerous photos of exotic species while touring with the facility's botanical director, who was a friend of Jennifer's. Unfortunately the pocket camera had a smudged lens and the photos are not fit to be on Daily Venture. D'oh!
Everyone takes this shot right before they slip into the cool water. One of my neighbors used to be a cliff diver here but this attraction was phased out awhile back.
Banyan TreeView All Sizes
Behind the waterfall are trails that lead up into Pupukea and the mountains beyond. Waimea River has carved this valley from many millennia of runoff from the northwestern segment of the Ko'olau Range. Lava rocks have tumbled into the riverbed and their coarse, porous edges smoothed away. As a kid my buddies and I would journey up Paalaa Uka Pupukea Road into the Ko'olau mountains then follow the Anahulu Stream back towards Haleiwa, poking around in the rocks for crawdads and eating guavas along the way.
Going in an out of Waimea Falls Park you can't help but notice the beach and bay out front. It's the public front-end interface for the more reserved foliage beyond. Out on the point is one of the best rights in the world of surf, with waves up to 50 feet. Right off the beach is a thick shorebreak that lasts only a few seconds and breaks heavy, but it's a great ride too. Every visitor who enters the water must jump the rock at least once. The snorkeling all around the edges of the bay is excellent. You could probably snorkel to Hale'iwa or Kahuku. At some point in your interaction with the bay, you will find yourself relaxing on the beach.
If you have the chance, be sure to take a catamaran cruise out of Hale'iwa harbor. Agencies in town can hook you up, or just mosey on down amidst the boats and you'll find the Ho'o Nanea or other worthy vessel. Seeing the North Shore of O'ahu from the ocean is the way to go. For one thing, the traffic is much better...
Waimea Bay and Valley
Waimea Falls and RiverView All Sizes
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February 7, 2008
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