Kualoa Regional Park
Sure, it’s a bit of a kitschy tourist trap, but everything for sale at this family-owned business is homegrown Hawaiian. The open-air...
In the 1800s, the Judd family purchased the roughly 4000 acres that make up today’s Kualoa Ranch from Kamehameha III and Queen Kalama....
Senator Fong's Plantation & Gardens
A labor of love by Hiram Fong (1907–2004), the first Asian American elected to the US Senate, these flowering gardens aim to preserve...
Waiahole Poi Factory
About a mile north of the Hygienic Store, this family owned roadside landmark sells ʻono traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, baked...
49-479 Kamehameha Hwy · interesting places nearby
Kualoa Regional Park information
Huge extended-family groups gather for weekend picnics on the wide, grassy field that fronts the narrow white-sand beach here. There’s good swimming, with magnificent mountain scenery as a backdrop. Stroll south along the beach to ʻApua Pond , a 3-acre brackish salt marsh on Kualoa Point that’s a nesting area for the endangered aeʻo (Hawaiian stilt). Continue southwest down the beach and you’ll end up skirting the ancient Moliʻi Fishpond , its rock walls covered with mangroves. Tip: the pristine white-sand beach about a mile along is what Kualoa Ranch calls ‘Secret Island’, and charges a boatload to take you there – where you can walk for free. Just stay on the sand; all beaches are public on Oʻahu. During low tide, you’ll also see fisherfolk wading 1500ft (45 minutes) offshore toward Mokoliʻi Island (Chinaman’s Hat). If you go there, try to avoid disturbing the island’s burrowing seabirds.