Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees Kauai
Even the trees have rainbows in Kauai! Colorful rainbow eucalyptus trees can be found at the Keahua Arboretum. The trees get their rainbow colors when patches of bark shed at different times of the year, then darken and mature into shades of green, orange, red and other colors. The trees, native to the Philippine island of Mindanao, were imported to Hawaii in the 1920s to aid in reforestation and to control soil erosion. The trees can grow to over 200 feet tall.
Rainbow eucalyptus trees can also be found in some spots on the road to the Keahua Arboretum (580), but most are located on private property. There are also rainbow eucalyptus trees in Princeville along the walk/jog path that runs adjacent to Ka Haku Road.
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The Keahua Arboretum is located at the end of Kuamo’o Road (Hwy 580) past Opaeka’a Falls. This road is also known as Loop Road.
Picnic tables are plentiful at the arboretum. A very basic restroom is located on a small hill beyond the eucalyptus trees.
The peaceful arboretum is a favorite destination for local residents and tourists. Families and children can be seen hanging out at the stream, fishermen can be seen fishing near the bridge and young adults can be seen hanging out in the parking lot. Tourists are often seen strolling the grounds and checking out the trees.
Here, near the island’s center, the weather is a little cooler than down at the beach. Mostly shaded, and with a stream running through it, the arboretum is a nice place for a picnic lunch.
If you're looking for a change of scenery on Kauai, be sure to check out the Keahua Arboretum and it's colorful trees.