Botanical Gardens- Oahu

Aloha everyone! So, my husband just left the island for training in Louisiana, which means I am flying solo with our two kiddos this entire month (Yikes!). I know what some of y’all are thinking. It could be worse and I totally get it, but let’s be real. Any amount of time without the support of our spouse can feel like an eternity.

Y’all, I can’t think of a better way to make this next month go by faster than by finding activities enjoyable for both myself and my children. We love to get out and enjoy nature and we have the benefit of this island providing an endless and diverse amount of recreational things for us to explore. Did you know that there are plenty of botanical gardens here on Oahu? They are all unique and beautiful and the best part is that many of them are free!

The picture above was taken at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, which has quickly become one of my family’s favorite spots. There are different botanical collections within this 400 acre garden featuring various geographical regions, such as Malaysia, Hawaii, Polynesia, Africa, Philippines, Tropical America, Melanesia, and India & Sri Lanka. You could spend an entire day walking this stunning garden; however, there’s so much more to do than simply wander through this majestic place.

This 400 acre garden also boasts a beautiful lake, which is home to many fish and various kinds of ducks. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm the garden offers a catch and release program for the family. They provide bamboo poles with barbless hooks and you bring the bait (white bread works great!). You’re also allowed to feed the ducks, which my kids love. Even more amazing is there are campsites you are able to reserve within the garden! How cool would it be to spend the night in this magnificent place?!

Here is the link ( that will take you to a government page listing 5 botanical gardens found here on the island. Four of the five gardens on this site are free including one that is located in Wahiawa, which is literally minutes from Schofield Barracks. You can also find any additional information regarding the fishing program and how to reserve a campsite at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden by clicking on that link.

Seriously, if y’all enjoy being outdoors and if you love exploring this magnificent island and are looking for inexpensive things to do I highly encourage you to visit these botanical gardens.