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A Local’s Guide to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, Oahu, Hawaii

Are you searching for the ultimate guide to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden on Oahu, Hawaii? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything you need to know about these beautiful gardens.

girl in red dress on greenery-lined road in Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

The Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is one of the most jaw-dropping landscapes on the island of Oahu. (And trust me, there are many of the island.) There is so much to do on the property, including picnicking, painting, and camping. You can easily spend an entire day at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden.

The Basics

Price: Free

Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Parking: Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden has a huge parking lot. Parking won’t be an issue.

Transportation Options: While a car is by far the easiest option, you can take Oahu’s public bus system to Anoi Rd + Hinamoe LP stop, which is about 0.3 miles away from the entrance of Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden.

What is Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden?

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is a lovely botanical garden in Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. It’s arguably the most popular botanical garden on Oahu. It’s also not far from the popular town of Kailua, if you’d like to visit both on the same day.

This botanical garden was actually originally built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to control flooding in Kaneohe. It first opened to the public as a botanical garden in 1982.

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden lake and mountains

When Is the Best Time to Visit Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden?

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is beautiful at all times of day, but morning is particularly stunning, just thanks to that sunny morning glow. Similarly, watch out for rainy forecasts, because the grounds at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden can get quite muddy, and you’ll have to get off the path at some point or another.

What Should I Bring?

natural bunch of red flowers

Water

It can get a little muggy at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, so some water to rehydrate is always a good idea. Bring it in a reusable water bottle too, so you can help preserve the wonderful natural beauty that you’ll see in front of you.

Bug Repellent

You will definitely regret it if you don’t spray on some bug repellent before heading to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. Sometimes, I’ll put on bug repellent, and a few of the strong ones will still manage to give me a couple of bites! So before you go, use some bug spray!

There are both traditional and natural bug repellent options for to choose from.

If you plan on eating any food on the property, it may also be wise to get some fly repellent.

Bread

There will be ducks and swans at the gardens, and they’re always looking to be fed. Bring some bread to fill their hungry tummies.

What Can I Do at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden?

There are lots of options at this beautiful Kaneohe attraction.

girl in white dress on road at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden
Photo from @backpackers_rtw

1. Take a Few Pictures

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is basically Instagram famous. You know those Instagram pictures of people on an empty street lined with palm trees and a stunning green mountain range in the background? That’s here. Or the ones on a little wooden platform on a lake with a stunning green mountain range in the background? That’s also here.

To be fully transparent, this Instagram fame actually caused Hoomaluhia security to crack down on photographers getting the particular shot shared above. It was simply causing too much traffic! So if you do want to snap some photos, try to do it elsewhere on the stunning property.

2. Learn About the Plants

It’s a botanical garden. You’re likely there to look at some local plants and flowers. Walk around the path and see everything from ginger to cacao pods. And be sure to grab a map at the visitor center at the entrance — it’ll give you a better idea of what you’re looking at at times, because the signage sometimes isn’t all that great.

3. Feed the Ducks

As mentioned previously, you’ll want to bring some bread to feed the eager ducks and swans. To find them, follow the main path. Eventually, it’ll come to an end, but a lake will be in view. Head toward the lake, and the ducks and geese will be waiting!

red ginger plant

4. Paint a Picture

Once I went to the gardens and saw a few people sitting on a picnic table with a couple of bottles of paint, a few brushes, and a canvas – and I thought that was the most brilliant idea I’d come across in a while. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the coolest things to do on Oahu!

Why not try to capture a version of the beautiful nature in Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden with a paint brush and some paint? Even if you don’t think of yourself as all that artsy, it’s bound to be a fun, new experience!

There is actually a dedicated painting time: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

empty, greenery-lined road at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

5. Have a Picnic

Since there are the aforementioned picnic tables, why not have a picnic? If you’re coming from Waikiki, make a stop at Tucker & Bevvy. (They’re known for their picnic food.) If you’re looking for an option in Kaneohe (and within a short drive of the botanical garden), Adela’s Country Eatery has some fun noodle dishes and K. Bay Bros has some of the freshest poke on the island.

Once you’ve got the goods, just settle down for a picture-perfect picnic! The mountain views and thriving plant life just make the setting. (You may also want to get some sort of repellent to deter the flies, because there are quite a few of them.

6. Do Some Camping

If you really love nature, you can actually spend a night or two camping on the property! From 9 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Monday, certain parts of Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden are open for camping! There are three camping areas on the property: Kahua Kuou, Kahua Lehua, and Kahua Nui-Makai. Remember to book in advance!

BONUS: Get Married

That’s right! You can get married at the beautiful Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. It does require permits and applications and whatnot, but if you’re interested, the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation has more information.

 

If botanical gardens pique your interest, consider stopping by the beautiful Koko Crater Botanical Garden as well!

Have you ever been to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden? Tell me about your experience in the comments!

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8 Comments

  1. Great tips for visiting Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden! It sounds like a fantastic place to visit and like it should be on Hawaii must do list. I love visiting botanical gardens so this would be right up my alley.

    1. Perfect! You should definitely make it a stop if you get a chance to visit the islands :).

  2. Ahhh, so thiiiis is where the Instagram famous road is in Hawaii!! I’ve been to Oahu a few times but never to the botanical gardens. It will make my list for next time! Saving this article for later.

  3. I love visiting gardens when I travel, too! Those bird of paradise flowers remind me so much of home (Brisbane, Aus). I guess we have a similar climate – I can definitely sympathise with the humidity and mozzies!

    1. Haha you’d love Hoomaluhia then! And if we have a similar climate, I’d love to visit your home of Brisbane :).

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