Waimea Valley

Across from the world-famous surf breaks at the North Shore’s Waimea Bay, a valley of ecological and cultural treasures retains the beauty of its storied past. It’s the last remaining undeveloped ahupua‘a (traditional Hawaiian land division, stretching from the mountains to the sea) on O‘ahu. Its 1,800 acres include ancient temples, shrines and settlements; a program of activites recalls its cultural roots. Hula, lei-making, music and Hawaiian games are offered regularly, and a walking tour of the ethnobotanical gardens is a window to the past. It’s a living pu‘uhonua— place of safety and peace—and its waterfall is a local legend.

59-864 Kamehameha Highway, 808.638.7766, www.waimeavalley.net