Island of Oʻahu
59-684 Kamehameha Highway, Waimea Bay, Oʻahu
Legacy / Programmatic
June 29, 2006
Public Access and Conservation Easement
Cost to OHA:
OHA paid $3.9 million of the $14 million overall price
Tenure & Use:
Owned and managed by Hi‘ipaka LLC, a subsidiary of OHA
- Protection of Waimea Valley
- Keep the valley intact
- Ensure Native Hawaiians will have a direct benefit and relationship with Waimea Valley
Features (Structures, Cultural Sites, etc.):
- In the lower Valley, the physical plant consist of the visitor’s center, gift shop and Pikake Pavilion including a downstairs snack shop and an upstairs restaurant known as the Proud Peacock.
- A paved road, approximately three quarters of a mile is used by visitors to access the waterfall over four highway certified concrete bridges build in 1990 after a 100 year flood destroyed most of the infrastructure. There is also a small snack bar and toilet block at the turnaround area near the waterfall.
- An old amphitheater is in the process of being restored and there are several structures in varying size scattered throughout the Valley that are used for different activities and events.
- Waimea Valley also has facilities for meetings, weddings and other special events.
- In a study conducted by Archaeological Consultants of the Pacific, 78 sites of interest were identified including religious sites and shrines, house lots, agricultural terraces and fishponds.
- In addition, the 150-acre Arboretum and Botanical Garden contains more than 5,000 documented kinds of tropical plants including native and endangered Hawaiian plants.
- Install new stream gage
Key Parties/Key Issues:
- Install new stream gage
- Safety Issues for Visitors and Workers – safety committee meets monthly to identify and address safety issues. Department safety checks are conducted monthly. Safety training is provided throughout the year.
- Potential natural disasters – emergency plans and procedures are in place.
- Rock slides – rock scaling of the main entrance and waterfall area is scheduled for January 2014.
- Total Expenses 2011: $4,287,102
- Total Expenses 2012: $4,312,830
- $19,700 for installation and operation of new stream gauge
- Hi`ipaka LLC was created on December 5, 2007 as a subsidiary of Hi`ilei Aloha LLC to manage Waimea Valley. Hi`ipaka’s mission is to: Preserve and perpetuate the human, cultural and natural resources of Waimea for generations through education and stewardship.
- Waimea Valley Business Operating Plan 2012 to 2016 consists of four Strategic Priorities as follows:
- Improve community understanding and support of Waimea Valley to increase Hawaii resident visitors to 30% by June 2013.
- Enhance all aspects of the visitor experience to achieve operational sustainability by the third quarter of 2013.
- Expand programs to offer authentic cultural and botanical experiences that will result in an average daily visitor count of 800 by 2015.
- Achieve recognition as a world class botanical garden, cultural site and center of learning by 2016 as demonstrated by increased media coverage, publish articles, volunteerism, and use and study by students, researchers, professionals and cultural practitioners.
Status of Management Plan:
- The Waimea Valley Business Operating Plan 2012 to 2016 was developed in early 2012 by a strategic plan working group lead by the executive director and consisting of program managers, supervisors and key staff.
- Work Plans that support the Business Operating Plan are prepared annually for each department by the Department Managers and their staff.
- Weekly manager meetings are used to monitor progress on the work plans and to prioritize activities.
- Individual Performance Plans are prepared for each staff member that breaks-out individual responsibilities and duties to achieve department work plans. All staff receives a mid-year feedback session and is evaluated at the end of the year based on their individual plan.
- Quarterly all staff meetings are conducted to update staff on strategic plan progress, communicate important information and to provide training.