About Waimea Valley
The sacred Waimea Valley, in Haleiwa, HI, is at the center of ancient Hawaiian history. This 1,875-acre park holds many historic archaeological sites, a world-class botanical garden, and a 45-foot waterfall—all while serving as a wildlife refuge for many of Hawaii’s endangered animals.
Waimea Valley, is also known as the Valley of the Priests, is on the North Shore of Oahu where it was largely unexamined by scientists until recently due to the rugged terrain. Nearly 80 archaeological sites have been found, and those numbers continue to grow as more exploration occurs. These sites date back to the time of Hawaiian monarchy, and showcase ancestral shrines, ancient living sites, and agricultural terraces.
Because Waimea Valley has long been unexplored, it is also home to many of Hawaii’s endangered plants and animals. Endangered animals such as the alae ula, otherwise known as the moorhen, and all species of o'opu, goby fish which are part of Hawaiian spirituality and ceremonies, are protected here.
Walk through the valley where ancient Hawaiians once strode. Visitors can also experience Hawaiian traditions through the valley’s many activities, such as hula dancing demos, traditional Hawaiian games, arts and crafts, lei making, cultural artisans, demonstrations and storytelling. The valley hosts the following tourist attractions and activities:
- Waterfalls (Waihi Falls)
- Botanical Garden
- Wildlife & Endangered Animals
- Cultural Sites and Activities
Waimea Valley is revered for its ecological diversity and natural preservation of archaeological sites, harking back to the first people of Hawaii. Plan your next trip to this one-of-a-kind natural treasure to experience true Hawaiian culture and where Hawaii comes alive. Call them today at (808) 638-7766, visit their website, or conveniently purchase tickets online.