In December 2007, Hi΄ilei Aloha LLC created a subentity non-profit, Hi΄ipaka LLC, to manage Waimea Valley, an ahupua΄a on the north side of the island of O΄ahu and previously known as Waimea Falls Park.
Hi΄ipaka LLC holds title to Waimea Valley and manages its daily activities. Several government partners helped with this acquisition and preservation of Waimea and its cultural and natural resources for all the people of Hawai΄i and the world. Mahalo to the State of Hawai‘i, Governor, State Legislature, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Mayor and City Council of the City and County of Honolulu, and U.S. Army Garrison Hawai‘i.
Waimea has a remarkable history dating back to 1090 A.D. with mo΄olelo of Kamapua΄a, the pig deity. Waimea was the home of high priests of the Pa΄ao line, and two main heiau were built in the late 1700s, some say by menehune. English ships anchored at Waimea Bay after Captain Cook’s demise, and Kamehameha I subsequently awarded the ahupua‘a to his top spiritual advisor, Hewahewa, the last priest of the Pa‘ao line.
Today Waimea is a site of cultural preservation with ancient archaeological sites, rich botanical gardens, native and endangered birds, walking tours, school programs, workshops, cultural demonstrations, and 40+ employees. It operates daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on Waimea Valley, please visit their website at www.waimeavalley.net