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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Visit Ha’ena State Park and Limahuli Garden and Preserve for Unique Experiences

Want to experience some of the most spectacular sights on Kauai? Visit Ha’ena State Park and the surrounding area. This unique place exists at the “end of the road” or at the dead end of Kuhio Highway/560. Here you have a plethora of magnificent options for sightseeing, The park offers sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling at a large, colorful coral reef. Additionally, you can visit the lush Limahuli Garden and Preserve nearby. Be sure to visit this extraordinary place while on Kauai! 

Visit Ha’ena State Park Today!

Ha’ena State Park attracts many visitors to Ke’e Beach. It takes roughly an hour and a half to drive from Lihue to the beach on the north side of Kauai along the coast. This narrow, winding road includes many scenic sights along the way.

Once you arrive, you will spot the beautiful Ke’e Beach. Many consider it one of the most breathtaking on earth. Ke’e Beach boasts a unique reef lagoon. This allows visitors to swim and snorkel in calm waters. July and August are advertised as the preferred times for snorkeling. Visitors and locals have been known to bask on the beach year-round.

Additionally, lifeguards watch over the swimmers at the beach. Safety in and around the water is of upmost importance.

Visit Ha’ena State Park for the experience of a lifetime.

Tour the Limahuli Garden and Preserve 

Additionally, right before you enter Ha’ena State Park, visitors can take a tour of the Limahuli Garden and Preserve. This unique 17-acre botanical garden supports why the lush Kauai island earned the nickname the “Garden Isle.”

It is one of five gardens in the United States — three of which exist on Kauai — overseen by the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Garden. This fragile eco-system exists in the Limahuli Valley, the second most biodiverse valley in Hawaii.

Dozens of endangered plants and birds, which you can only find here, make their home in the Limahuli Garden and Preserve.

The garden showcases about 250 species of plants, many brought by ancient Polynesians. In the Hawaiian language, lima huli means “turned hand.” Preserved here among its rich diversity includes breadfruit cultivars or trees that produce fruit.

Among the 160 species of birds recorded on Kauai, you may glimpse rare species, such as the Hawaiian Honeycreepers, one of seven endemic forest birds on the island.

Visitors can take self-guided or guided tours on a three-quarter-mile loop trail. Besides native plants and birds, the botanical garden offers magnificent views of the ocean and Makana Mountain’s twin peaks. The breathtaking Makana Mountain ridge inspired the Bali Hai song in the 1958 hit movie, "South Pacific." One of the last pristine streams in Hawaii, the Limahuli Stream, also cuts through the garden.

Today, Limahuli has the distinction of being one of the last easily accessible valleys. You can even encounter many descendants of the valley’s original inhabitants who live here. These native Hawaiians have managed the valley and its garden for more than 1,000 years.

Come to Ha’ena State Park on Kauai Today! 

Take one of your most memorable vacations by coming to Kauai. Make sure to visit Ha’ena State Park and Limahuli Garden and Preserve, during your trip. This area on the North Shore of Kauai ranks among the top natural beauties the Hawaiian islands have to offer. Call Kauai Vacation Rentals today and let’s book your next vacation!

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