4. Family Hikes
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Many changes have occurred on this trail. This trail is on private land and therefore not entirely legal to access. Also, the landowners have the privledge of rearranging the landscape. You will see before and after photos because the trail is on private land . I believe they are building more graves and scenic places. The trail was demolished in the process of building more graves and scenic places. However, the natural part of the location was not lost. Thankfully they are not erecting buildings or walls to totally block our view of the mountain or waterfall.
This is the “after” picture. Also, I might add that if you visit this part of the property to please be quiet and mindful of the families. This is a grave site and mourning families shouldn’t be bothered with noise and excessive cars. There is a parking lot located at Byodo Temple for your convenience.
Its still beautiful even though the trail is gone.
Valley of the Temple Directions:
Take H1 Honolulu East. Once on the freeway, get into the far left lane. Follow the sign that says (63) North, Exit 20A Likelike Highway. This exit appears on the right. Stay on this highway. You will pass through the Wilson Tunnel. Take the Kahekili exit (83) on the right. Get into the left lane . You will pass through five stop lights. Valley of the Temples is the left turn.
You can see the Koolau waterfalls behind the Byodo Temple.
There are lots of peacocks that frequent the temple’s grounds.
Friendly black swans are also at Byodo Temple.
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This beautiful temple sits near Kapena waterfall
My friend is leading the way
View from above the waterfall
There are 2 Hawaiian petroglyphs near the waterfall. One of a man and the other of a dog.
Directions: Kapena Waterfall -> Heading southbound on the Pali Highway (H-61 S), pull into the turnout overlooking the pagoda and cemetery just after the Wylie Street exit. Walk on the side of the road (against traffic) back the way you came. The trail begins on the left when the stone wall ends and the guard rail begins.
Near Lyon’s Arboretum visitor center is a lovely water lily pond that holds many surprises. To hear more visit www.facebook.com/oahuhiking
This is called the Bat Flower. It looks more like a cat with whiskers.
This palace was completed in 1845 and was used for great feasts for both chiefs and commoners. For directions visit www.facebook.com/oahuhiking
Monarch Butterflies love to munch on Crown Flowers. There were three 6 foot Crown Flower bushes in Nuuanu. Unfortunately the Monarchs made it their home and their catepillars chewed the bushes down to two feet. The owners of the bushes had a good attitude about the mauling of their bushes. They posted a happy face sign saying “Enjoy the butterflies” and also posted little butterfly signs too.