waters full of koi fish and other wildlife.
Our kids love being able to purchase bird
and fish food from the gift shop!
Not far from Byodo-In is the site of the
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens. We
roam about the gardens, checking out
the tropical foliage, picnicking, bird-watching, feeding the ducks, or bamboo
pole fishing (on weekends). Visitors can
also camp there or attend the monthly
preschool nature hour and other special
events. If we’re short on time, Wahiawa
Botanical Gardens, near the center of the
island, is our choice for a quick and easy
tour of tropical plant life.
Green World Coffee Farm
This is a great, lesser-known stop during
excursions that venture through Central
Oahu. Green World Coffee Farm isn’t
large, but visitors can enjoy free samples, delicious fresh drinks and treats, a
big grassy area with adult and kid-sized
chairs, and a quaint self-guided tour of
their coffee garden.
This little treasure is a personal favorite,
tucked away on the Leeward (west) coast.
It includes an organic farm, café and retreat center. The farm tours are fun, and
include picking produce, tasting edible
flowers, and buying eggs fresh from the
chickens. The café food is unique and delicious, made from ingredients harvested
on the farm. The center also offers farm
ABOVE: Family paddleboarding fun!
BELOW: The Kaniakapupu Ruins (King Kamehameha III’s summer home).