Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens offers the perfect opportunity for outdoor fun for kids on the beautiful windward side of the island.
While Ho'omaluhia Gardens are quite large (400 acres), there is a small trail leading to a lake filled with ducks that is perfect for a day outing for young kids (my 3-year-old was able to walk to the lake and back on his own, but I had a stroller for my 1-year-old). When you first arrive at the gardens, you will pass the Visitor's Center and will then see a paved path, which will lead you to the lake. Along the partially shaded walk, you and your kids will see beautiful scenery and a variety of different rare and endangered plants and flowers. After a short walk, the path turns to gravel and you will then come to a clearing and the lake (see my slideshow below for pictures of the path and the lake).
After feeding the ducks (make sure to bring bread), there are several picnic tables near the lake for a picnic lunch. The area also has restrooms and a drinking fountain.
Ho'omaluhia is located in Kaneohe. For directions, click here. The gates to the botanical garden are open daily from 9am to 4pm.
For more information: call (808) 233-7323