Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu is known for a lovely beach and for the Waimea Falls. This photo was taken in the mid-1980s.
The beach can be dangerous. The waves are more suited to surfing than swimming.
The tree next to the life guard tower is full of finds. Surfers also store their valuables in hanging containers.
Waimea Falls are in the valley that runs to the bay. The road to the falls is over the bridge from the beach parking lot.
Drive to the end of the road where there is free parking, next to the visitors center.
The visitors center houses a restaurant, restrooms and a souvenir shop.
The entrance where you pay is a short walk from the visitors center.
Close to the entrance is a covered area where you can buy local Hawaiian handicraft.
The path to the falls is easy to walk and not very steep.
One can ride to the falls on a little cart. Then one gets a guided tour and maybe even some local songs.
Close to the falls is a small store with drinks and ice cream, plus restrooms.
Swimming is allowed at the falls, but you must wear a life vest, supplied free by the lifeguards.
The waterfall and the pool, which is thirty feet/ ten meters deep.
The Waimea Falls botanical gardens offers a lot to see. There is a small village with traditional buildings. Each building is well described.
The village is protected by a tree canopy.
The village is surrounded by stones, and you must be careful not to step on them. Some stones are sacred.
A collection of different taro species grow next to the houses.
The plants are well marked.
By the entrance is a small pond with this special bird, the ‘Alae ‘Ula, Hawaiian Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis.
Other birds present are the white-rumped shama thrush Copsychus malabaricus.
Geckos are very common.
Some tiny geckos seemed to like to sit in and eat flowers.
There are many different types of trees, also well labelled.
This is a Kukui tree, Aleurites Mollocana.
Wauke, paper mulberry, Brosonetia papyrifera. Its bark was pounded by early Polynesians to make the warmest, most durable type of kapa cloth.
A sign that the garden is old is the impressive growth of Banyan trees, in some parts forming vaults of trunks and branches to walk under.
There are many parasitic plants growing high up on branches of old trees.
One of the many hibiscus varieties found in the garden.
Yellow lehua Metrosideros polymorpha. http://www.instanthawaii.com/cgi-bin/hi?Plants.ohia
Thanks to Ces Mooney for running the photo around parks and rangers to get an identification.
This red powder puff Calliandra haematocephala is very attractive to insects and butterflies.
This is a Pachystachys Lutea – Lollipop Plant or Golden Candle.
Emperors candlestick, Senna Alata, which is a poisonous plant.
There are many types of ginger plants in the garden, like this Alpinia Zerumbet.
This is a spiral ginger Costus Vargasii.
A Yellow Parrot Heliconia.
This is ginger Costus Scaber.
Noni fruit, Morinda citrifolia
This is a plant without a label. Very decorative, but what is it?
A spider lily of the genus Crinum.
This aggressive vine, Bauhinia vahlii, grows very fast.
The Bauhinia vahliaa totally covered a 30 ft tall monkey pod tree.
These are red Anthurium flowers.
There are so many flowers and plants that it is easy to spend several hours in the garden. But bring mosquito repellent, just in case. This is Heliconia psitacorum.
And when you leave Waimea, turn right and head for Fumis for a great lunch.
Shrimp in spicy garlic sauce with two scoop rice.