Wai Koa Plantation Trail
I took my mountain bike out for a spin behind the only mini golf course on the island in my local town of Kilauea. It turns out this is private land that the public is allowed access to for a 5-mile loop for walking or biking. There is a dog park, community food forest, farms, orchards, forests, a dam and more all to see along the way of the winding path. I really appreciated the work of the Wai Kai Plantation run by Kauai Fresh Farms to maintain a beautiful space open to the public, especially when so much private land has become off-limits to locals and visitors. It's easy to rent bikes from the Namahana Cafe right by the road.
Halfway through I stumbled upon what felt like the Garden of Eden on Kauai! I'm sure the several botanical gardens on the island are even more beautiful, but the sheer surprise of coming across something so unexpected and beautiful was a real delight!
The perfect way to end this 5 mile loop would be to stop at Banana Joe's for a fresh, frozen fruit shake of banana and pineapple! Unfortunately for me it was after 5 pm by the time I finished. I'll have to return with Emily!
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