Ulu Laʻau – Waimea Nature Park
The largest project of the Waimea Outdoor Circle is our Nature Park-Ulu La‘au. This means “Garden of Trees.” The park is free to the public and open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for walking, picnics, nature enjoyment, native plant identification, dog walking, etc.
Ohia Lehua Collection
Ulu Laʻau has the largest collection of different color Ohia Lehua trees in the state and, therefore, the world!
Signs and Billboards
One important effort for which The Outdoor Circle will be remembered is its 14-year campaign against the use of billboard advertising in Hawaii. To date, Hawaii is one of only four states in the nation that passed anti-billboard legislation. The others are Maine, Vermont and Alaska. A territorial law was passed banning billboards in Hawaii in 1927. However, they had stopped being used in 1926 when early Outdoor Circle members purchased the last remaining business owning and advertising on billboards on Oahu. Outdoor Circle campaigns include all forms of advertising, from sky writing to political advertising and many other forms of signage. The County of Hawaii’s Sign Ordinance outlines the legal uses of various forms of signs and advertising.
For all its good efforts to protect the beauty of the islands, Hawai‘i, unfortunately, has allowed utility lines to obstruct its natural beauty. From Kauai to the Big Island of Hawai‘i more great scenery is disturbed by a tangle of utility lines than any other source. In recent years The Outdoor Circle and other organizations have made progress in supporting laws that require new developments to place utilities underground. But these efforts have not succeeded in requiring public funding to place utility lines underground or forcing the utility companies to invest in doing so. Much work lies ahead to rid Hawai‘i of this persistent eyesore.