We set out for the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden on a warm, sunny day in Waikiki. As luck would have it, it was overcast and raining by the time we approached the garden, so we got to see the park in a lush state with waterfalls streaming from the top of the Ko’olau Mountain Range.
The park's entrance is iconic for drone shots but sadly it's now off limits to photography, likely because people were stopping traffic to get IG photos. But the garden is well worth the trip. At 400 acres it's the largest botanical garden in Oahu. There's a paved path leading to a 32-acre lake where the plants are marked so you learn about them as you hike. You can go fishing, kayaking or camp. They also have biking trails and a botanic library. And entrance is free.
Ho’omaluhia translates as "peaceful refuge" in Hawaiian.