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  • Bodyboarding and bodysurfing
  • Picnic at the beach
  • Snorkeling
Sandy Beach Park on the east side of Oahu is well known for two good reasons, the beautiful beach sand and powerful shore breaks. Getting to this beach will have you drive along the ... morelava cliff side of Koko Head crater. The beach is just beyond the popular Halona blow-hole. During the summer period when the beach is often calm, the offshore reef that protects it also provide very good conditions for swimming, snorkeling and diving. The soft sand, the gentle water and the ease of entry into the water attracts families with small children seeking to spend some fantastic moments on the seaside.

Sandy Beach is not almost always gentle. In fact, the locals in Hawaii call it "the beach of broken necks". It is listed as one of the most dangerous beaches in Hawaii. You must always be on the look out for red warning flags and signs posted on the beach warning of the dangers of strong currents, high surf, sharp coral, and dangerous shore breaks. Sandy beach is popular among experience body surfers and body boarders.

In the winter months, there are powerful shore breaks and rip tide currents during high surf. You should avoid swimming in front of Keawaakio Cove even when the water seems calm because of rip tide currents.

Sand Beach Park does not provide scenic views like many other beaches in the surrounding, but it does provide a lot of thrill. One of the things you will notice is that the sand on the beach seems to get everywhere. On your hair, nose, ears, swimwear, even after having taken a shower, you will still be brushing off sand.

The beach has all the facilities of a modern beach including lifeguards. there is not much shade on the beach but a grassy area with some picnic tables can be found which is perfect for relaxing, taking photos or watching the waves.
Type:
Beach, Park
Features:
Bathroom, Lifeguards, Parking, Picnic tables, Showers
Overall:
  • Spectalar moments watching The Eddie competition
  • Jumping of the Waimea cliff
  • Body boarding and snorkeling
Waimea Bay has become renowned worldwide since the 1950's when adventurous surfers challenged the powerful waves that forms on its coast, hence giving birth to the big wave-riding ... morephenomenon. Waves at Waimea Bay can reach 20 feet or more in height. Surfers from all over the world gather at the location in the months of November through February, the big wave season, to take part in the thrill and excitement.

Waimea Bay is home to the Quicksilver competition, in honor of Eddie Aikau, a legendary Hawaiian Waterman. The Quiksilver contest only takes place during massive swells. Several other famous competitions take place at Waimea Bay or the beaches in the vicinity. One such competition is the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing also known as the Super Bowl of surfing which happens between the months of November and December.

Despite being renowned for the big waves and surfing competitions at its beach, Waimea Bay is also a beautiful place to enjoy the beach. During the summer months, the water is calm and give the perfect opportunity to swim in the crystal clear blue waters or undertake any other water activities such as canoeing, scuba-diving, wind surfing and more.

Exploring the surrounding is another experience. Not far is the town of Haleiwa with shops and restaurant. A botanical garden and cultural attraction can be found nearby in Waimea valley and is home to very beautiful Waimea Falls. Waimea Bay nevertheless, still attracts surfers from all over the world seeking excitement and adventure and to take part in the most famous competitions in surfing.
In other seasons, the beach provides the perfect conditions for body boarding or body surfing. Another activity that is often undertaken is cliff diving from the popular 'Waimea cliff".

Overlooking Waimea Bay Beach Park is the Saints Peter and Paul Church, a popular landmark on the North Shores of Oahu. It can easily be seen from the beach. Humpback whales and dolphins can also be spotted particularly at dawn from the beach. The beach also has a nice grassy area, which is great for playing football or just relaxing in the shade of trees when it is too hot.

Nearby Waimea Bay Beach Park is also other attractions such as the Botanical garden home to the beautiful Waimea Falls. The town of Haleiwa is also not very far when shop, restaurant provides the opportunity to have some wonderful time. You may also want to try the famous cool shave ice.
Type:
Beach, Park, Scenic Lookout
Features:
Bathroom, Drinking water, Lifeguards, Parking, Picnic tables, Showers
Overall:
  • Beautiful view of the mountain and Chinaman's Hat
  • Spectacular green wall
  • Apua fishpond
Just at the edge of Kane'ohe Bay off of Kamehameha Highway, on the Windward side of the island is Kualoa Regional Park. This is a perfect location for having a relaxing time at the ... morebeach. It is never crowded, the water is calm and you have stunning views of the Kualoa Mountains and Chinaman's Hat. The location itself is considered as being sacred by the ancient Hawaiians since whale bones used to wash on shore in the location. The bones were used for making jewelry and valuable tools. In Hawaiian, Kualoa means "long ancestral background". Hawaiian chiefs used to bring their children to the park to teach them about their heritage and tradition. Today, the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kualoa has a very narrow beach and a shallow ocean bottom near the shore with some rocky patches. There is a very little reef area. It does not ideal for swimming. You should also keep a look out for the Portuguese-Man-of-War (Jellyfish) and the stinging limu (seaweed). High surf and strong current are possible, so, you should always monitor the ocean conditions. On the south end of the park, there is a stone barrier which makes it a very nice area for a dip. Two ancient Hawaiian fishponds, Moli'i and Apua, can also be found there. About 30 campsites are located in the park. A permit is required if you want to use the camping site.

The main attraction of the Kualoa Regional Park is the beautiful view of Mokoli'i Island (Chinaman's Hat), the nickname was given because the island looks a bit like a coolie hat when watched from offshore. Kualoa Regional Park also has a very large grassy area perfect for a picnic. All throughout the park are scattered ironwood and wiliwili groves and paved paths that go all the way to Apua fishpond and the Ancient Molii Pond.

Kualoa Regional Park is a great escape for recreation, big parking space, many parallel beaches, restrooms, showers, Kualoa ranch is just across the street if you want to buy a snack or go horseback riding. The area is always nice, and breezy being surrounded by mountains from all sides. It is also very popular with tourists.
Type:
Beach, Park, Scenic Lookout
Features:
Bathroom, Camping, Food for purchase, Parking, Picnic tables, Showers
Overall:
  • Pineapple garden maze
  • Insight on various fruits and plants grown in the region
  • Scenic tour of the surounding
Dole Plantation began in 1950 as it operated as a food stand. Since, it has become a very popular attraction on Oahu. Visitors of the Dole Pineapple Plantation can experience a fun ... moreday trip and learn about the history of pineapples in Hawaii. Everything from the agricultural aspect, the soil chemistry, and the tale of James Dole.

Dole Pineapple Plantation is but two miles away from the town of Haleiwa and a 45 minutes drive from Honolulu. The train ride to the plantation offers the opportunity or some scenic views which can leave you breathless.

The Pineapple Garden Maze, which obtained the spotlight in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest maze in the world can also be seen at Dole Plantation. Going through the maze made of green hedges, twists and turns can have you painfully seeking the way out! The maze covers more than two acres and incorporates 1.5 miles long.

Many different activities can be undertaken while at the plantation. The garden tour will have you explore many other plants and trees, some native to the region others brought to the country. They include, bananas, cacao, coffee, papaya, mango and lei flowers.

The plantation also has a visitor center where snacks and drinks can be obtained or simply for relaxing. A gift shop provides the perfect opportunity for obtaining pineapple-related gifts and other souvenirs. It is thought that the first pineapples were planted on the island when a shipwreck coming from Mexico brought with it plants, tools, garments and pineapples. From then on, Spanish explorers started growing pineapples and other fruits. Jim Dole, then pioneered the pineapple industry and established the Dole Pineapple Plantation in Hawaii.

Various activities are organized on the plantation subject to a small fee. Some of the activities even include a stop to Pearl Harbor or scenic excursions of the surrounding. Dole Pineapple Plantation is world famous and a distinct attraction of Oahu, Hawaii.
Type:
Botanical Garden, Cultural, Historic, Plantation / Ranch
Features:
Bathroom, Food for purchase, Parking, Wheelchair access
Overall:
  • Scenic view of the surrounding
  • Spotting humpback whales and the Hawaiian green turtles
  • Great for diving when the water is calm
The Halona Blow-hole located on the island of Oahu off of Hanauma Bay is a rock formation and a blow-hole formed by underwater lava which took the form of a tube and has an opening ... moreon both sides of it. As the ocean water enters the tube, the pressure increases as the tube narrows such that the water shoots upward into the air sometimes to a high of 30 feet or more. The Halona Blow-hole is a popular attraction. The location is very scenic, there are steep cliffs and fantastic views.

The blow-hole is most active during high tide. It is also the best location to go and look out for humpback whales or Honu (the Hawaiian green turtle). When there is no surf and a light northerly wind blowing, diving is possible along the coast. If the waves are breaking, it is recommended to dive elsewhere. The tidal change produces very strong currents known as 'Molokai Express" that can drag a person out to sea. Some persons have lost their life trying to sit on the blow-hole or trying to hold parts of their body into the stream of water. The area is quite dangerous, so it is best to be careful and stay at the lookout point and enjoy the view from a safe distance.

The Hawaiian name Halona means "peering place". On a very nice day, the view can be very fantastic. From far off on the horizon, the islands of Molokai, Maui and Lanai can be seen. To the right of the blow-hole is located Halona Cove, a small sandy beach that is perfect for swimming when the surf is calm. The site is also known for the famous love scene of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the film "From here to eternity".
Type:
Attraction, Geological Feature
Features:
Parking
Overall:
  • Very good for kayaking
  • Very nice area for relaxing at the beach
  • Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay, located on the north shore of Oahu between Kuilima Point and Protection Point covers an area of about 5 miles of beach and 12 miles of hiking trails. The area is one of ... morethe last underdeveloped of Oahu. The area is recognized for very nice rock formations. The turtle Bay beach is sandy, but the ocean bottom is rocky and has sharp limestone all along its length which makes for poor swimming conditions.

Surfing, diving, kayaking, and fishing are the activities most undertaken at Turtle Bay. The area just behind the reef in the near shore waters is the best location for surfing. In the winter months, November to February, the waves are very big, and there is a strong current.

The small island of Papa'amoi can be found on the west side of Turtle Bay. Just near the bay is the Turtle Bay resort. Guests at the resort prefer to go swimming to the neighboring Bayview Beach because there, the ocean bottom is sandy, and the area is protected from high surf. There are also two championship golf courses at the resort

Not many people use the beach at Turtle Bay so it is a quiet place often perfect it you are seeking for a location to relax or have a picnic. There is plenty of shade. Ironwood trees line the back shore of the beach. Turtle Bay has also been a favorite location in the neighborhood for weddings. It is a very romantic place and provide some beautiful sunrise and sunset.
There are no facilities or lifeguards at the beach.
Type:
Beach
Features:
Parking, Picnic tables
Overall:
  • The most expensive real estate of Hawaii is located here
  • Very clean and hardly ever crowded beaches.
  • Kahala resort features an off-shore man made island, as well as a dolphin lagoon.
Located just at the eastern end of Diamond Head, by Oahu’s south shore, is a Honolulu neighbourhood, by the name of “Kahala”. This region is most famous for the fact that it has the ... moremost expensive real estate in all of the State of Hawaii. The average house in Kahala, would go for around 2 Million USD. Prices skyrocket when we look at bigger houses, or even beach-front properties, going up to even 25 Million Dollars. Kahala has become a symbol of wealth and fame in Hawaii, a sort of status symbol. Luxurious is the only word to describe what this neighborhood is.


Kahala is a favorite for not only international glitterati, but also for investors, who restore a broken-down property into beautiful mansions, and sell them for huge sums of money. Buyers generally keep these properties as vacation homes, and not as primary living homes. There are beach parks like Waialae Beach Park. The beaches are also not recommended for swimming, due to the rockiness near the shore. The beach park further includes grassy areas. The beaches of Kahala are beautiful, and hardly ever crowded, making this a truly exclusive place. A main attraction of this neighborhood would be the Kahala Resort and Hotel, formerly known as the Kahala Mandarin Oriental. This Resort features a private man-made island, and also a dolphin lagoon, and shows of these dolphins are put on for guests, daily! The Kahala Mall is also an attraction, featuring many familiar as well as unfamiliar stores and restaurants.


Kahala uses the zip code 96816. The population of the Kahala-Waialae neighborhood is 7,870 people in an area of about 4 sq. Miles. This gives the neighborhood a population density of almost 2000 people per sq. mile.
Type:
Beach, Neighborhood, Park, Town
Features:
Food for purchase, Parking, Picnic tables
Overall:
  • Predominantly mormon community.
  • Polynesian Cultural center, the most paid visitor attraction in Hawaii, is located here.
  • The La'ie Hawaii temple, found in La'ie, is the 5th oldest mormon temple in the world.
Just between Hau’ula and Kahuku lies a small town on the northeastern shore of Oahu, by the name of La’ie. It is mainly a residential community and has a population of 6,138 as per ... morethe 2010 census over an area of 2.1 sq. miles, resulting in a population density of 2,900 people per mile. The zip code used for this town is 96762.


La’ie was a pu’uhonua, a sanctuary for fugitives long ago. The name La’ie actually means the leaf (La) of a certain type of plant called a screwpine (Freycinetia arborea). This plant was considered to be sacred to Kane, the god of the Earth, god of life and god of forests.


The community is predominantly mormon, and the cultural attractions of the town include the Mormon temple located here, the La’ie Hawaii temple, which is the 5th oldest mormon temple in all the world. The Polynesian Cultural center, a large open museum and park which features the cultures of seven Polynesian island nations. It is the most paid visitor attraction in all of Hawaii and also the state’s largest living museum. Also located here is the Hawaii campus of Brigham Young University. A small shopping square can also be found.


One thing you should definitely check out, however, is La’ie point (or Laniloa point), which is a lithified dune protruding out into the ocean. To get there, take the Kamehameha Highway onto Anemoku Street toward the ocean. Take a right, and follow Napaka street till the very end. Accompanying this dune, will be two other lithified dunes, namely Kukuihoolua and Mokualai, which lie just offshore. Close by, you can find Pounders beach (La’ie Beach Park) and Hukilau beach.
Type:
Town
  • 63-Acre Volcanic Tuff Island
  • Home to Monk Seals
  • 15 Highly Endangered Plants Found Here
Rabbit Island is operated as a seabird sanctuary and is operated by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. When viewed from certain angles, the island may look like the ... morehead of a bunny rabbit, but the island, who’s proper name is Manana Island, takes its name because politician John Adams Cummins started raising rabbits there in the 1880s. The rabbits were removed from the island in 1994, as they were destroying the fragile ecosystem reserved for seabirds. Interestingly, there were reportedly no birds on the island when Cummins introduced his rabbits there.
It is against the law for people to be on Rabbit Island or harass the birds or monk seals living on the island. The island is home to between 170,000 and 260,000 birds. Many of the birds are sooty terns. This bird seldom comes ashore except to breed, and has been known to exist solely in the water for up to ten years. The island is also popular for its brown noddies and black noddies. These two subspecies are unusual because they nest in small trees and shrubs. When nesting, they are very easy to catch so early sailors called them noddies, which can be translated simpleton. The island is also popular with wedge-tailed shearwaters that usually bond with one mate for life. When a divorce does happen, then the bird’s breeding for that year is unsuccessful. The island is also popular with Bulwer’s petrels, and Red-tailed tropicbirds.
Type:
Beach, Geological Feature, Hike, Offshore Island, Landmark
  • 2 mile Scenic Hike
  • 500 foot Climb in Elevation
  • Ocean looks Turquoise from Here
Located within the 38-acre Makapuʻu Point State Wayside Park, is the Makapu'u Lookout. The trail leads from the former Coast Guard residential area to the summit on a relatively easy ... moresandy path.
From the summit, visitors can watch for whales from November to April using the provided telescope or their own binoculars. If it is a clear day, it is sometimes possible to see the blowholes on Makapu’u Head’s rocky shore from the summit. On almost any clear day, visitors can see magnificent sea cliffs, Visitors can also often see Makapu’u Beach Park, Rabbit Island, and Kaohikaipu Island.
Visitors to the park can also take another short hike to see the Makapu’u Lighthouse. This path starting near the same trailhead also offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Type:
Hike, Scenic Lookout, Landmark
Features:
Bathroom