Anywhere else, a mini-golf park might be easily dismissed as a tourist trap. On Kauai, it’s a wonderful introduction for families to the Garden Island’s tropical flora and cultural history, and just one of several visitor attractions in this inviting park. The well-landscaped, 18-hole Anaina Hou Mini Golf & Gardens showcases native species, Polynesian introductions, plantation crops, Japanese and Chinese gardens, and modern plantings; open daily, it’s quite popular on weekends. Weekly 1-hour guided walking tours of the botanical gardens include tastings and refreshments. For more nature, walk or bike along the park’s 5-mile Wai Koa Loop Trail. This unpaved, rolling path starts in a forest of albizia and Cook Island pines and passes through a working farm and mahogany orchard before reaching the Kalihiwai Lagoon reservoirs and stone dam lookout. The trail is open during daylight hours and access is free, but you’re asked to sign a waiver at the gift shop. Donated by the founder of E-Trade and his wife, Bill and Joan Porter, the 500-acre community park also offers a playground, skateboard ramps, dog park, dining pavilion with food trucks, and farmer’s markets. A lively night market takes place from 4 to 8pm the last Saturday of each month.