HAWAII — Central O´hau

Central O´hau is found between the Wai´anae Range in the west and the Ko´olau Range in the east. This area isn’t as scenic as some of the other areas in O´hau and is used by most people as a passing through place on their way to the north end of the island. Pineapples are grown in this area and you will see the plantations as you drive along. The most scenic route found in this area is the Kunia Road which you can use if you are travelling north.

The sights found here are:
Kunia Road
Dole Pineapple Pavillion
Wahiawa Botanical Garden
Royal Birthstones

Kunia Road

Kunia Road
You turn off to this highway from H1 but it is worth it for the the beautiful agricultural scenes of acre after acre of pineapple fields as well as the foothills of the Wai´anae Range. One of the highlights of this area is the Kolekole Pass which sits above Schofield Barracks Military Reservation and access to it is through Foote Gate. You park opposite a large white cross where you will need to take a short walk to the top of the pass with a fantastic view down the coast. You won’t be able to access the Kolekole Pass if the Military Base is on alert. The rock at the top of the ridge has lots of legends attached to it. One of these is that the rock is a woman who became part of it to serve as its guardian forever. Another belief is that the rock was used for sacrificial beheadings of defeated warrior chiefs.

Dole Pineapple Pavillion

Dole Pineapple Pavillion
This is a very popular attraction though some might find it too touristy. The complex consists of a gift shop, beautiful bromeliad gardens, a steam train that takes you around the entire complex and the ‘world’s largest maze’ which can become boring. There is a small cost for each of the attractions.
For information about the Dole Pineapple Pavillion visit the website at: http://www.dole-plantation.com

Wahiawa Botanical Garden

Wahiawa Botanical Garden
This garden is found just off the Kamehameha Highway and contains a collection of tropical flora that need a relatively cool environment with an emphasis on native Hawaiian plants. The site began in the 1920s as an experimental tree planting area by the State Forestry Department and most of the large trees you will see here date from that time. It opened as a botanical garden in 1957. It is a lovely place to escape the heat on a hot day or to spend a relaxing couple of hours and admission is free.
For information about this garden visit the following website at: http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/parks/hbg/wbg.htm

Royal Birthstones

Royal Birthstones
These stones are one of the most important sites in O´ahu and they mark the place where Hawaiian queens gave birth to generations of royalty. There are around 180 stones covering about half an acre and are found just north of Wahiawa off the highway in the area known as Kukaniloko. The stones were believed to ease the pain of childbirth and it was thought that if you leant against them during childbirth then your baby would be blessed by the gods.