We left the Garden Island with a lot of things unfinished, unvisited, not yet done. But this is one reason to go back, right? And it is not as if we went to a barren and inhospitable place. No, we had the pleasure to go to O'ahu, the main island.
At the entrance to the Wahiawa Botanica Garden is situated a heavily reconstructed heiau, the Hale o Lono heiau, the "House of Lono". It was build around 1400 and was dedicated to the God Lono, one of the four Principal gods of ancient Hawaii. He ruled agriculture and harvests, weather, sports, and medicine.
The garden itself should not be missed, apart from all the beautiful plants of Hawaii it harbours the Waimea Falls (depending on the rain, they were dry this year) and some archaeological sites, including, reconstructed on the spot, Taro towers:
they were freshly planted, hence you can only see some small taro leaves looking out of the tower.
But there are all kinds of flowering plants, ferns, trees:
Heliconia stricta belongs to the order Zingiberales like ginger
Alpinia purpurata or Hawaiian Red Ginger
Platycerium or elkhorn fern (Geweihfarn) growing on a tree
In short a well kept up and informative botanical garden, well worth a visit.