With day-to-day stress at an all-time peak during the pandemic, we need the respite nature provides more than ever. Whether we choose to walk through a botanical garden, explore a local hike, kayak, or simply observe animals in their natural habitat, spending time in nature is a great way to free our minds and restore our inner calm. Grab your kids, and head outside to embrace nature’s beauty. We promise you won’t regret it.
Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon (Halemanu-Kokee Trail):
If you’re interested in hiking, visit Kokee Natural History Museum. Its exhibits provide an overview of the natural and cultural history of Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park. If you’re hiking with kids, the Kaluapuhi Trail is a good choice. No matter where your hike takes you, make certain to stop at the Waimea Canyon Overlook for a glimpse into the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Kilauea Point Lighthouse and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge: First lit up in 1913, Kilauea Point Lighthouse is now a fun destination for history buffs and photographers alike. Situated within the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, the sky is alive with seabirds. Tucked amongst the native vegetation you’ll see nesting birds, and if you’re lucky, eggs or chicks, too.
Kayak the Wailua River to Secret Falls: If you’re up for an adventure, paddle up the Wailua River in a kayak to Secret Falls. The river winds through lush overgrowth and is rife with jumping fish. Just when you think your arms might fall off from paddling, you’ll beach the kayaks and head out on a muddy hike to Secret Falls. The hike is over rough ground, but it’s not difficult. Secret Falls will take your breath away — as will the cold, cold water in the pool below. You’ll have time to take in your surroundings, and maybe a picnic lunch, before you head back to the kayaks and the trip downriver.