Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens

Wailuku, Hawaii

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This walk follows a lovely winding path through gardens, ceremonial structures, and statuary celebrating the various cultures that have been stirred into the melting pot of presentday Hawai’i. There is a covered picnic area nearby and ’Iao Needle, which you should not miss, is just up the road. There is a Philippine nipa hut, an ornate Korean pagoda, a traditional Polynesian hale (house), a Japanese house, a Chinese temple, and a Portuguese dwelling with a great shady banyan tree at its center. There’s also a prim little New England-style cottage from the time of the missionaries who came to “convert the heathen.” Their descendents established the vast sugarcane plantations that blanketed the islands and recruited the Asian and Portuguese immigrants to work in the fields.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: Maui

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: Maui

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

This walk follows a lovely winding path through gardens, ceremonial structures, and statuary celebrating the various cultures that have been stirred into the melting pot of presentday Hawai’i. There is a covered picnic area nearby and ’Iao Needle, which you should not miss, is just up the road.

There is a Philippine nipa hut, an ornate Korean pagoda, a traditional Polynesian hale (house), a Japanese house, a Chinese temple, and a Portuguese dwelling with a great shady banyan tree at its center. There’s also a prim little New England-style cottage from the time of the missionaries who came to “convert the heathen.” Their descendents established the vast sugarcane plantations that blanketed the islands and
recruited the Asian and Portuguese immigrants to work in the fields.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wailuku
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Kepaniwai Park
Local Maps: USGS Wailuku
Driving Directions: Directions to Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens

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