From April 2020, updated September 2022:
Update: We usually go to Kaneohe from Waikiki. This incredible view of the Ko’olau Mountains is seen from the H-3 Highway–coming from the Ewa side of O’ahu. Simply amazing!
My husband and I rarely have a day off together so we never have a chance to explore the beauty of Oahu often together, so driving around the Island is our a must activity whenever our days off meet. This time we drove to the Kaneohe side of Oahu.
The stunning entrance to Ho’omalahia Botanical Garden
Update: Be sure to venture off of the main road to truly enjoy the beauty of this park!
These pictures were taken at the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. One of our favorite garden spots on the Island. When you enter the entrance you will see very vibrant green all around. Make sure you do not stop in the middle of the road and take extra precautions when visiting this place. This place is very popular place for social media so to keep the traffic flowing and avoid accidents, park your car somewhere before taking pictures.
Byodo-in Temple is located nearby the Garden. The Byodo-in Temple is in the Valley of the Temples, a short drive up Kahakili Highway and is another place to check out when you visit Kaneohe. Byodo-in temple is a Japanese Temple and all people are welcome to come no matter what your religion. The front has a pond where there are a lot of Koi fish; this place is beautiful a must see when you visit Oahu.
The big bell you see is called Bon-sho. They said before you enter the Temple you have to gong this bell and make a wish; the louder the better! They said the sounds of gong brings happiness, and blessings. The sound of gong is very peaceful and calm.
Well, this was our Kaneohe road trip for now, but there are lot of places to stop by, but these are some of our favorites. Make sure you add Ho’omaluhia and the Byodo-in Temple on your itinerary when you come visit Hawaii. There are lots of places in Hawaii that you can enjoy without spending a lot of money.