At the foot of the steepled Koolau Mountains, this 400-acre botanical garden is the perfect place for a picnic. Its name means "a peaceful refuge," and that's exactly what the Army Corps of Engineers created when they installed a flood-control project here, which resulted in a 32-acre freshwater lake and garden. Just unfold a beach mat, lie back, and watch the clouds race across the rippled cliffs of the majestic Koolau Range. This is one of Oahu's few public places that provides a close-up view of the steepled cliffs. The park has hiking trails and -- best of all -- the island's only free inland campground. If you like hiking and nature, plan to spend at least a half-day here.
- © Frommer's 2013
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- Recommended 2010