Central Oahu

Central O‘ahu

Wahiawā Botanical Garden

Wahiawā Botanical Garden is a city park encompassing 27 acres (11 ha), with hiking trails and at least 60 varieties of stately old trees.  The park also has a notable fern collection.

The park had its origins in the 1920s when the Hawai‘i Sugar Planters’ Association used the site for forestry experiments.   Wahiawāmeans “Place of noise.”[i]

[Wahiawā Botanical Garden, 808-621-7321, 1396 California Avenue, Wahiawā, 1 mile (1.6 m) east of Kamehameha Highway (Hwy. 80), open 9-4 daily.]


Kolekole Pass

Kolekole Pass reaches an elevation of 1,724 feet (525 m) and is located above Schofield Barracks.  Japanese fighter planes flew through Kolekole Pass on December 7, 1941 to attack Pearl Harbor, an event that entered the United States into World War II. (See Chapter 11, Timeline: 1941, Dec. 7.) 

[Kolekole Pass, Central O‘ahu.  Directions: Enter Foote Gate just south of Kamehameha Highway (Hwy. 99) on Kunia Road (Hwy. 750).  Take first left (Road A), then the first right (Lyman Road).]


[i]Pukui, Mary Kawena, Elbert, Samuel H., and Mookini, Esther T. Mookini.  Place Names of Hawaii: Revised & Expanded Edition.  Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1974.