Touring the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden and fishing pond is more of a nature walk than a hike. Starting at the Visitor’s Center you can learn about local horticulture and activities in the park. From here you take a short down hill walk through maintained gardens highlighting tropical plants. At the end of the gardens is a dirt trail that leads to the fishing pond.
- Location: Kaneohe, HI
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 1.0 miles
- Exposure: Partial Shade
- Bikes Allowed: No
- Dog Friendly: No
- Parking: Free
- Restrooms: Yes – Plumbing
- Doggie Bags: No
- Seating: Picnic Area
- Trash: Yes
- Drinking Water: Yes
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden Plant Life
The gardens are full of amazing flowers and fruit trees. The plants are labeled and there are a few signs that provide additional information about the plants and where they’re from. The gardens are well maintained and it’s easy to get up and close to some beautiful flowers without leaving the paved pathway.
Be Prepared to Get Muddy!
The Visitor’s Center area and walk through the gardens is on a paved walkway. However, the path down to the fishing pond is a dirt trail. If it has rained recently, which is a daily occurrence in Hawaii, the trail can get very muddy, so be bring a pair of shoes or boots that can get dirty!
Ho'omaluhia Fishing Pond
The fishing pond is surrounded by lush grass and forest areas. You can wander freely around the pond. The tall mountain ranges provided an impressive backdrop for some amazing photos! There are regularly scheduled fishing excursions at the Visitor’s Center where families are provided with bamboo poles to go fishing in the pond!
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden Facilities
There are restrooms and running water on the grounds. Don’t forget to take the opportunity to rinse off before heading back to the car if you got muddy on your hike! If you brought some snacks, there are a few picnic tables throughout the gardens where you can sit and enjoy a meal out in nature.
Don't Want to Bum you Out, But...
These are some things to consider when going on this hike. In no way should these things prevent you from going, I just wanted you let you know!
- Being a very lush and tropical area, there can sometimes be a lot of mosquitos. Bring your bug spray!
- The path to the fishing pond can be very muddy. You may want to avoid visiting the pond if you’re not prepared to get your shoes very dirty.
Notes from the Dog
Mom and Dad said I couldn’t go on this hike. But I don’t think they actually asked. They just don’t like it when I make a mess in the car. That’s OK, I get it.
So, anyways, I just stayed at home and watched this virtual walk of the gardens on YouTube instead. Also, I laid on the bed and farted on the pillows.