Field Guide: Waimanalo

Learn to ride a horse, paint honu or prune a bonsai in Oahu’s agriculture town.


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Photo: David Croxford


 


Keneke's Plate Lunch & BBQ

You can’t miss the bright red-and-white painted Keneke’s Plate Lunch and BBQ on Kalanianaole Highway, and the eating area inside is just as distinctive. Owner Keith Ward, who also started the Fear God power lifting team, has decorated the walls with Bible verses and a huge cross. Keneke’s has been a Waimanalo mainstay since 1987, thanks to its ono kalua pig plate lunches and bountiful selection of shave ice flavors. 41-857 Kalanianaole Highway, 259-9811. 


Hawaii Bonsai Cultural Center


Photo: David Croxford


For Walter Leiw, it’s all about art, not gardening, at his nursery. For 57 years, he’s been practicing the diligent art of penjing. “Penjing combines floral arranging, landscaping and pottery,” says Leiw. “It’s more than bonsai, which just means potted tree.” He and his wife, Ann, run the Hawaii Bonsai Cultural Center, 16 acres of more than 5,000 bonsai in training, rare handmade pots from China and Liew’s personal collection of hundreds of bonsai he’s been grooming for decades. “Penjing is very peaceful, it’s a healing art,” he says. 41-909 Mahailua St., 373-9296, appointment only.


Photo: David Croxford

 


Maluolu Ranch



At Maluolu Ranch, you can learn to ride one of 22 horses, and show them, too. “We offer lessons and training in English and Western riding for beginners to [those who] show horses,” says Judy Woods, a trainer and instructor. In one of the two arenas, you can learn to balance, canter and, for advanced students, jump with the horse in one-hour lessons. The ranch also puts on four to five competition shows a year. “We usually have 45 riders compete and a lot of people watching,” she adds. 41426A Hihimanu St., 256-3839.

 

 Did You Know?

America captured its first prisoner of war in World War II at Waimanalo Beach—Ensign Kazuo Sakamaki. His midget sub had been damaged while attacking Pearl Harbor and drifted to Waimanalo, where Sakamaki tried to scuttle the sub, unsuccessfully, before he was captured. 

 

 

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