Camping in Oahu has its challenges. Unlike other islands in Hawaii, many Oahu camps have garbage and / or rust problems. However, you can find some very nice, clean, quiet, safe and scenic places to camp in Oahu. The Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe is one of them.
The Hualum Garden Botanical Garden fulfills its name, which in English means “creating a place of peace and tranquility.” This is a very quiet environment. And the rules about noise are very strict. For example, even in the middle of the day, radios and CD players should be kept low enough so as not to disturb the camp neighbors.
The gardens are wrapped in 400 hectares and fall back into the Green Castle like the peaks of the magnificent Ko’olau Mountains. Plants from the tropics around the world are geographically grouped here, with a particular emphasis on preserving Hawaiian native plants. The Hawaiian Garden here, like many other gardens, has excellent tent locations, with toilets and indoor showers.
You can camp here for free except Christmas and New Year from 9 am Friday to 4 pm. There are no camps on other days of the week, but this is a good place to stay for the weekend. While he has no 24-hour security, he told everyone I spoke to that he was very calm.
The Garden Gate closes at 4 p.m., and campers are allowed to drive so they can use the next gate, which is open from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Consider all this, and that it is a mile walk away. The gate of the first camp removes this list for “party places”. Since it does not have access to the beach, it is not a place where large families gather with good Hawaiian music and food. People come to the gardens to enjoy the plants and animals and relax.
While there are no beaches here, there is a path that takes you to a wonderful spot to watch the sunrise in the ocean.
Tent areas are in the meadows and include fire stations and picnic tables. You must have your firewood and barbecue with you.
The staff we spoke to at the Garden Visitor Center were warm, generous with their time and very knowledgeable. The center has an art gallery with cultural exhibitions and a botanical library. You will also have a network of trails and lakes (catch and release fishing; no swimming).
Ho’omaluhia Financial Gardens is located near several places of interest, water sports and other destinations, including the Byoda Temple in the Valley of the Temples, and features a larger Buddha statue, a meditation garden and a 10,000-alley pool. Kaneohe Bay with its white sands appear as small islands in azure waters at low tide. The cities of Kaneohe and Kailua with several shopping and dining opportunities. This country and the city of Weimanalu in Hawaii, where horses still roam freely, and the coast is one of the best islands. And Kailua Bay is Windward’s main blue playground, offering long stretches of white sand and protected waters with popular bogey boats, boats and surfers.
A variety of programs are offered throughout the week in the gardens, such as orchid cultivation, climate and botanical design. Some are free, while others are free. For the current application, use the contact information above and request one.
These programs focus on Hawaiian ecology. Daily use and camping programs can include ethnic activities, handicrafts, botany, gardening and the environment. Free nature-guided walks include topics such as local birds, cloud watching and herbs, from 10 a.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.
Reaching this free and quiet camp in the garden? It is raining in the forest, so remember to bring tents and waterproof equipment. It will still be warm, though, so something lightweight, like a poncho in your pocket or a light jacket, will work best. You may also want some mosquito repellents, although I did not bother them. Here you will find picnic tables and fire rings. If you want to use bitumen, bring the beams because they do not allow you to tie anything to the trees. A small camp stove or hibiscus may also be helpful.
Get a detailed map with trails in the visitor center or at Hualumoy Botanical GardenHowever, the sitemap does not contain a legend, so if you use it, just know that the trails are marked with a dash and the H-3 freeway is marked with a printed dash. Distances are not shown on the map, but the Visitor Center can answer your questions.