About Waimea Valley
Pouring from the Ko’olau Mountains to the shores of Waimea Bay is the beautiful, captivating Waimea Valley which covers 1800 acres of lands on the North Shore of Oahu. Walk through ancient Hawaiian forests and discover native plants, trees and animals, as well as historic landmarks, including Hawaiian heiau temples and Waimea Falls.
Honor ancestors whose spirits continue to live through Hawaiian culture at Waimea Valley, where youll find artifacts and ancient structures. At the end of the walking trail is the 45-foot-tall Waimea Falls, where residents and tourists can take a swim in the refreshing mountain waters!
Two million years ago, rains and winds carved a valley into the Ko’olau Mountains, forming what is now Waimea Valley. Fertile lands attracted Polynesian explorers to the valley, and during the 12th century a spiritual leader named Paao introduced sacred heiaus, or temples, to Waimea Valley.
The valley remained an important spiritual destination and an agricultural output until the 19th century, when government intervention and industrial influences changed the valley. Today, much of the essence and native sites can still be seen, along with native plants, flowers and more.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Oahu
- Duration: Approximately 2 hours on tours.
- Amenities: Lifeguards, restrooms, food, drink, swimming.
- Insider Tip: Bring your towel and wear your swimsuit for a refreshing swim at Waimea Falls!
- Fun Fact: Introduced species can be seen at the park, including gorgeous peacocks!
- What to Expect: Hawaiian vegetation, nature walk, botanical gardens, ancient Hawaiian heiaus, and Waimea Falls.