Waimea Valley is in North Oahu. It's $15 a tourist to enter, but you can tell that the admission is put to good use in the creation and maintenance of a very extensive garden. This is a great place to come and practice floral photography, or to learn more about plant species!
|These leaves look like they were painted!|
I enjoyed walking around, on the look out for the little blue tags that explained more about different kinds of flowers, trees and other plants.
|Love how it spirals|
|These remind me of Lotad..|
|These may look like blossoms on the ground - but they are really sprouted flowers that grow close to the ground without their leaves! Weird, and cool.|
|Non-water Taro garden~|
|This was my favorite hibiscus variety - it's like a flower on a flower!|
|...This was the Jurassic Park section, obviously.|
At the end of the path, there's a waterfall - the highlight of the park. They allow you to swim in the basin, provided you wear one of their life jackets. There's a life guard on duty as well. Though I can't really see why you'd want to swim in a muddy waterfall basin - especially when there's signs all around warning of leptospirosis. But all the kids there seemed excited about it :)