WAIMEA VALLEY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Waimea Valley, located at 59-864 Kamehameha Highway (across from Waimea Bay) is pleased to announce its 2010 Hiking Series. There is something for every hiker in the series from easy to moderate family hikes to strenuous 5 hour hikes. Beginning January 2010, there will be Valley hikes every Saturday with the last Saturday of each month featuring a strenuous hike for the more serious hiker. The hikes will explore stunning views atop ridges, and guides will help hikers identify native and exotic plants, view various streams and the Waimea Waterfall, point out native o`opu (fish), rare endemic aquatic moth pupa, and showcase the Valley's indigenous birds. All children (for all hikes) 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. To participate in the Family Hikes children must be 7 years of age or older. Family Hikes cost $10 per person plus the cost of admission to the Valley. Space is limited to 20 participants and reservations are required. To participate in the strenuous hikes, the last Saturday of each month, children must be at least 12 years of age. Strenuous hikes cost $15 per person plus the cost of admission. A minimum of 5 participants are required for the hike to take place. Please make your reservations no later than the Friday before the Saturday hike. Registration is at 8:30 am at the Waimea Valley Visitor Center. Hikes start promptly at 9:00 am and end at 12:30 pm (short hikes only). Participants should bring a snack, insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Closed-toe, non-slip hiking shoes are required-without exception. Waimea Valley is a living pu'uhonua, a place of peace and safety, for Hawai'i and the world and one of O'ahu's last partially intact ahupua'a. Waimea is significant in the history of Hawai'i and a repository for Hawaiian spirituality and traditions. The 1, 800-acre valleys offers an authentic cultural window into the lifestyle and customs of the Hawaiian people through daily programs and activities.
For more information click HERE for a link to their website or call (808) 638-7766.
2010 General Admission Fees to Waimea Valley:
Visiting Adult $13.00
Visiting Child $6.00
Visiting Senior $6.00
Kama`aina/Military Adult $8.00
Kama`aina/Military Child $8.00
Kama`aina/Military Senior $5.00
Individual Annual Pass $30.00
Individual Family Pass $60.00