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. 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. 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, dog park, dining pavilion with food trucks, and farmer’s markets.