Regardless of how many times I return to the beautiful islands of Hawai’i I am constantly amazed at the hidden gems on the islands I have yet to discover and share with my clients. I had such an opportunity on my most recent visit to the island of O’ahu when I had the opportunity to visit Historic Makaha Valley Riding Stables located on the west side of the island near Waianae. Literally tucked away in the heart of Makaha Valley,a place filled with Hawaiian history and culture.Visitors have the opportunity to learn about country life as a Hawaiian Paniolo(cowboy) or how to be a sustaining country farmer.You have the opportunity to gain hands on experience and learn about plants and animals indigenous to the valley, hike and discover historical sites, hear Hawaiian Legends and stories, and find out the story about Red Top, one of the mountain tips in Makaha Valley. Field trips and excursions are available to showcase the Ahupua’a system,I was so amazed to see the variety of vegetables and plants currently growing in their Aquaponic System,truly the most amazing gardening system I have every seen anywhere,the series of catch basins, use of live fish, the recycling of water,truly amazing.Visitors will understand what it truly means to be a good steward of the land and why it is so important to protect the environment
I loved learning everything about the valley from an educational point of view, but nothing prepared me for my horseback ride up into the valley. I rode Makani pronounced mah-KAH-nee — Hawaiian word meaning “wind” . I do suggest wearing a helmet as much of the ride is through natural sometimes rugged terrain, but the horses are sure footed, Pete and Al and the other guides are so kind and patient and make wonderful trail guides. The view from the top of the Valley was incredibly beautiful, and you just feel so fortunate to be in such an incredible spot on the island that so many people never see since it is on private land. There are many RIDE options , we took part in the Makaha By Sunset(E NOA Twilight Experience Tour), no wonder locals say that the sunset is best seen from the West Side of the island. After our incredible ride we finished off the evening with a Paniolo Chicken BBQ dinner (Hawaiian style) complete with rice,salad,corn on the cob,rolls, fresh pineapple spears, drinks and for dessert me made S’mores by the campfire. Equally incredible would be their MAKAHA BY SUNRISE EXPERIENCE – to fully enjoy the early morning tranquility of the valley – for Honeymoon Couples I would suggest to book a VIP Private Ride.
The Stables are available to host group functions , special events and Weddings – so if you are looking for something unique this would be a great choice. Call the team (808)779-8904
Makaha Stables partners closely with E Noa Tours (808) 591-2561
For a mountain to the sea adventure Ko Olina Ocean Adventures (808) 396-2068
Contact: Linda Dancer (931-337-0770 email [email protected]
** Most important ** Helping Hawaii’s Keiki (children)
By participating in their programs, you are helping to support the education mission of Makaha Cultural Learning Center which is a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) a Non-Profit 503(3)C
Don’t forget the best way to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands is to get out and explore !!!!