Things to do in Honolulu with kids : Koko Crater


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Koko Crater Botanical Garden is a great place for an easy family hike. It is perhaps, my second favorite garden on Oahu after Hoomaluhia which I detail here and here. There is an uneven two-mile dirt trail that loops around the crater floor with plantings grouped by region or family. My favorite spots are the stunning plumeria grove that greets you at the garden entrance and the more sinister cactus garden in the middle. The kids couldn’t get enough of the cactus garden and from the ridiculous number of cacti photos, you’ll see I’m guilty too. Oh, but the Hawaiian section in the back is great. And the sausage trees, and the baobabs (who doesn’t love a baobab? Little Prince anyone?) and the Madagascar section is pretty great … Okay, I like plants.

There are picnic tables sprinkled throughout, so bring a snack and stay awhile. The only downside is that summers tend to be hot and dusty making it best to avoid the garden midday. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike the crater rim trail, though it’s far from a family-friendly activity. I only hope my body still cooperates when the kids are old enough for more challenging hikes.

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Pair your trip to the garden with a refreshing stop at nearby Halona Cove Beach. On your way back to Waikiki, stop at Bubbies Ice Cream shop in Hawaii Kai for their ice cream mochi and you’ve got yourself a pretty spectacular day.

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