Top 5 favorite Hawaii parks: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM
We’ve counted the votes from our latest HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll question: Which Hawaii park is is your favorite? The top five vote-getters are on the pages ahead.
Hawaii boasts seven National Park Service-managed parks, sites and monuments, 55 state parks, and scores of county/city parks. Your picks range from shoreline settings with strong ties to Early Hawaii to parks that send visitors up elevation climbs for amazing views of still-forming natural wonders.
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We’ll be posting our next Ohana Poll question on HAWAII Magazine’s Facebook page in the days ahead, so join soon if you haven’t yet. OK, here we go. Here’s the top five countdown of our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii parks:
No. 5 (tie)
Waimea Canyon State Park — Kauai
Hawaii’s “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” owes its distinct beauty to natural events that occurred in one cataclysmic volcanic moment, then slowly over millions of years. Four million years ago, as steady volcanic activity from the Kauai’s dominant peak Mount Waialeale was still growing the island, a huge section of land collapsed creating a massive depression. Fresh lava filled the depression until Kauai’s eruptive life ended. A near-constant flow of rainwater coursing down the Waimea River from Waialeale’s peak—one of the wettest places on earth —help turn young, freshly- exposed lava rock from black to bright and deep reds, have since cut the 10-mile, 3,000 ft. deep Waimea Canyon visitors marvel at today. Whether viewing its grandeur by helicopter, by hiking trail or at a handful of popular lookouts perched on its edge, Waimea Canyon State Park is a must-see even on return visits to Kauai.
Kokee State Park — Kauai
Kokee State Park is just north of Waimea Canyon, on Kauai’s west side. Much of the park’s 4,345 acres are covered in misty forestland, crisscrossed with 45 miles of state hiking trails. Before hitting the trails, stop by the Kokee Natural History Museum for a thorough overview of the park’s offerings. One of Kokee State Park’s highlights: impressive views of Kalalau Valley. In another Facebook poll, Kalalau was ranked as our HAWAII Magazine Facebook ohana’s fourth favorite Hawaii valley, we think, mostly because of the phenomenal view from this easily accessible lookout in the highest elevations of Kokee State Park (about 4,200 feet above sea level). Kalalau is one of the only valleys on Kauai's remote Napali Coast visible without taking a helicopter tour or arriving by boat or hiking trail. To get to the lookout, simply take Kokee Road beyond Waimea Canyon State Park.
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