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AHUPUAA O KAHANA STATE PARK
52-222 Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83), Kahana.
(Windward Oahu)
5,228.7 acres. Scenic wildland valley. Swimming, bodysurfing, beach-related activities, picnicking, camping and viewing of Huilua Fishpond at beach area. Hardy family hike (4.9 miles) and fruit picking in lushly vegetated forest; picnicking in coconut grove; pig hunting in public hunting area. A "living park" under development where Hawaiian families live nurturing and fostering native culture. Crafts instruction. Park open during daylight hours. Free admission.

DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT
Diamond Head Road, near Waikiki
(Waikiki District)
475.0 acres. Hawaii's most famous landmark - a large tuff cone which was formed by a short series of explosive eruptions some 100,000 years ago; National Natural Landmark. Picnicking on the crater floor in a landscaped meadow; offering detachment from the city. Moderate family hike (bring a flashlight) with panoramic view of Honolulu; trail 0.7 mile one-way with some hazards.

FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN

50 North Vineyard Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Downtown Honolulu District)
Tel. (808) 522-7066
A living museum containing palms, orchids, heliconias and gingers - begun in 1853. Call for guided tour information and directions.

HAIKU GARDENS
46-336 Haiku Road, Kaneohe
(Windward Oahu)
Tropical garden on 16 acres dating from the mid-1800's. Open daily dawn 'till dusk. Free admission.

HALAWA XERISCAPE GARDEN
99-1268 Iwaena Street
Honolulu, HI 96701
(West Honolulu District)
Tel. (808) 527-6113
A 3-acre botanical park with over 300 varieties of plants which conserve water. Free one hour guided tours by appointment only to groups of 15 or more. Call for reservations.

HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE
7455 Kalanianaole Highway
(Southeast Oahu)
Marine preserve located in a beautiful horseshoe bay - home to hundreds of tropical fish. Ideal snorkeling for novices. Picnicking; free educational tours. Taking of any marine plant or animal life is prohibited. Entry charge.

HAWAII STATE WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES
Division of Forestry & Wildlife
Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
1151 Punchbowl Street, #325
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel. (808) 587-0166 (Closed weekends/State holidays)
Several of the small islands and islets offshore of Oahu such as Manana (Rabbit Island) and Moku Manu, are sanctuaries for seabirds. Landing requirements vary. Please contact the above office for more information.

HEEIA STATE PARK
46-465 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 247-3156
Educational and cultural center. Panoramic views of Kaneohe Bay and Heeia Fishpond. Educational programs for children. Group tours on Hawaiian fishpond, botany, and coral reefs. Free tours and kayak rentals available upon request. Nice place to picnic. Gift shop. Free admission.

HONOULIULI PRESERVE
NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII

(Leeward Oahu)
The Conservancy's literature states "Located on the southeast slope of the Waianae mountains, Honouliuli Preserve (3,692 acres) is home to more than 45 rare plant and animal species and contains some of the last remaining habitat on Oahu for native forest birds." The "jewels of the forest" - native land snails with brightly banded shells also inhabit the Preserve. Access to the Preserve is limited to guided hikes by the Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers. (Voluntary monthly work trips are offered by the Nature Conservancy.) For more information, please visit their site.

HONOLULU ZOO
151 Kapahulu Avenue, Waikiki
(Waikiki District)
Tel. (808) 971-7171
Renowned Hawaiian bird collection. Children's zoo. Elephant encounter. Simulated African savanna.

HOOMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN
45-680 Luluku Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 233-7323
A magnificent 400 acre botanical garden at the foot of the Koolau Mountains laced with a network of hiking trails. Camping, picnicking, art gallery. Guided nature walks focusing on plant collections, natural history of Hawaii, the Hawaiian landscape as visible from Hoomaluhia, water cycle, flood control. Free admission. Open daily.

KAKAAKO WATERFRONT PARK
End of Ahui or Ohe Streets off Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu
(Honolulu District)
35 acres. Waterfront park with shore fishing and ocean access for body surfing. Built over a former municipal landfill, the park offers a waterfront promenade, picnic areas, an amphitheater, and observation areas with fine views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.

KAENA POINT STATE PARK
End of Farrington Highway (Highway 930)
(Leeward Oahu)
Relatively remote wild coastline with picnicking opportunities and shore fishing. Large sandy beach at Keawaula Bay with board surfing and bodysurfing for expert. Swimming only during completely calm conditions in the summer; lifeguard services. Long family hike (2.7 miles one-way) along volcanic coast with tide pools, small natural stone arches and fine views of Makua coastline. Early morning porpoise sightings from point near Kaluakauila stream mouth. Viewing of the large sea cave, Kaneana, legendary home of Nanue the shark man. Hot, dry area with little shade. No drinking water.

KEAIWA HEIAU STATE RECREATION AREA
End of Aiea Heights Drive, Aiea Heights, Aiea
(Honolulu District)
384.5 acres. Forest recreation: picnicking, camping and hardy family hiking (4.8-mile loop trail - Nov.21/05 closed until further notice); rustic facilities. Remains of a 15th century heiau hoola (temple of healing) and specimens of medicinal plants on display.

KOKO CRATER GARDEN
Inside Koko Crater
(Koko Head District)
Tel. (808) 522-7060
Unusual hike through extinct volcano crater containing 200 dry acres of flowers, cacti, aloes, palms. Free admission.

KUALOA REGIONAL PARK
49-479 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe
(Windward Oahu)
Spectacular view of Koolau Mountains and Mokolii Island (nicknamed "Chinaman's Hat" for its cone shape). Picnicking, camping. The park is listed in the National Register of Historical Places because of its great importance in the life of the native Hawaiian people.

LAIE POINT STATE WAYSIDE
Off Kamehameha Highway (Hwy. 83) at Laie town via Anemoku Street to end of Naupaka Street
(Windward Oahu)
Scenic views of offshore sea arch and seabird sanctuary island. Good shore fishing from sea cliffs at the Point.

LILIUOKALANI BOTANICAL GARDEN
North Kuakini Street (Just north of Foster Garden and located between North Kuakini and School Streets in Honolulu)
(Downtown Honolulu District)
Portions of this 7-1/2 acre garden were once the property and favorite picnic grounds of Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. She later bequeathed her land to the City and County of Honolulu to be used for the public's enjoyment. This developing garden is devoted to native Hawaiian plants.

LYON ARBORETUM   See Feature Article
3860 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
(Manoa District)
Tel. (808) 988-0456
Over 8,000 plant species in 194 acres of rain forest. Extensive hiking trails - nearby Manoa Falls trail is 0.75 mile/45 minutes one-way. Self-guided tours. Free admission (donations accepted)..

MALAEKAHANA STATE RECREATION AREA
56-335 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku
(Windward Oahu)
Superb, wooded park and white sand beach. Moku Auia (Goat Island) offshore contains an Eden-like beach (reachable by wading at low tide when the sea is calm) and a state bird sanctuary (off limits to public). Note: Wading to Moku Auia can be dangerous (strong currents exist when the tides change or the surf is high; ocean floor has sharp coral - be sure to protect your feet.). Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, camping.

NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII
923 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu District)
Tel. (808) 537-4508
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, a non-profit organization, has several preserves on Oahu including the Honouliuli Preserve. The Conservancy's mission is to protect the finest remaining examples of native plants, animals and natural communities in Hawaii by protecting the places they need to survive. Call for information on hikes, volunteer work trips, and memberships, or visit their site.

PUU UALAKAA STATE WAYSIDE
Round Top Drive/Mount Tantalus
(Makiki Heights District, Honolulu)
Premier Mount Tantalus view - a breathtaking 230 degree vista of Honolulu (from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor). Picnicking, hiking trails.

SAND ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA
Located at the end of Sand Island Access Rd. (Off Nimitz Hwy)
Sand Island, Honolulu
(West Honolulu District)
Situated on 102 acres of landscaped oceanfront property. Noted for beautiful sunsets. Picnicking, camping, pleasure walking, shore fishing and board surfing. Small sand beach. Good view of Honolulu Harbor. Boat ramp nearby.

SEA LIFE PARK
Makapuu Point, Waimanalo
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 259-7933
Over 4,000 sea creatures make Hawaii's underwater sea world come alive. Dolphin shows, tropical fish, birds and turtles, including endangered species; Hawaiian coastal plants. Restaurant, snack bars, reef tank, gift shops, education center. Admission charge. (You can watch the sea lions from the open air restaurant without going into the park!)

SENATOR FONG'S PLANTATION AND GARDENS
47-285 Pulama Road
Kahaluu, HI 96744
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 239-6775
Seven hundred and twenty acres of rain forest containing gardens, orchards and tropical foliage. Guided walking tours. Admission charge.

WAAHILA RIDGE STATE RECREATION AREA
End of Ruth Place, via Peter Street from St. Louis Drive off Waialae Avenue, St. Louis Heights
(Honolulu District)
49.9 acres. Wilderness picnicking on a Norfolk Island pine forested ridge. Fine views of Manoa and Palolo valleys. Hardy family hiking in the forest reserve.

WAHIAWA BOTANICAL GARDEN
1396 California Avenue, Wahiawa
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 621-7321
Cradled between the Waianae and Koolau mountain ranges in central Oahu lies Wahiawa Botanical Garden - the "tropical jewel" of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. This 27-acre garden and forested ravine dates back to the 1920s when the land was first used by sugar planters as an experimental arboretum. The garden includes Hawaiian palms, aroids, tree ferns, epiphytic plants, and native plants that thrive in the cooler environment and shady, humid habitat of this tropical rainforest. Open daily; admission free.

WAHIAWA FRESHWATER STATE RECREATION AREA
380 Walker Avenue, Wahiawa.
(Central Oahu)
65.9 acres. Picnicking along the wooded shore of Wahiawa Reservoir. Year-round shore and boat freshwater fishing; fishing restrictions. No swimming or water skiing. Boating only for fishing purposes; boat ramp at the site.

WAIKIKI AQUARIUM
2777 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 923-9741
Operated by the University of Hawaii. Over 250 sea creatures. Day reef walk; marine-life natural history; exhibits of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific species including fish, green sea turtle, Hawaiian monk seal, chambered nautilus, giant clam, live corals and other invertebrates; native coastal plants. On-site interpreters; education programs and activities for children, families and adults. Admission charge.

WAIMEA VALLEY AUDUBON CENTER
59-864 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(North Shore Oahu)
Tel. (808) 638-9199
A historic nature park on 1,800 acres with over 6,000 species of plant life in world class botanical gardens. Hundreds of acres of strolling paths, hiking trails, picnicking, birdwatching, a 45 foot waterfall and rich archaeological sites. Botanical and environmental self-guided tours. Admission charge.
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