Papaoneone Beach

Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu

This beautiful, mostly deserted half-mile of sand is backed by a few aging condo buildings, including the Hawaiian Princess. If you’re lucky, you may see green sea turtles in the surf early mornings or late evenings. There are sea caves and rocks they use as a cleaning station offshore. Though the area is protected somewhat by Lahilahi Point to the south, this beach gets excellent surf near the shore, good for bodysurfers, bad for kids.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu attractions

1. Makaha Beach Park

0.91 MILES

This beautifully arching beach invites you to spread out your towel and spend the day. Except for weekends and big surf days, you’ll likely have the place…

2. Kuʻilioloa Heiau

2.11 MILES

Along the south side of the bay, Kaneʻilio Point is the site of a terraced-stone platform temple, partly destroyed by the army during WWII, then later…

3. Pokaʻi Bay Beach Park

2.13 MILES

Protected by Kaneʻilio Point and a long breakwater, the beach is in need of some maintenance, although the luminescent beauty of the sand is undimmed…

4. Kaneʻaki Heiau

2.77 MILES

Hidden within Mauna‘olu Estates, a gated residential community in Makaha Valley, this quietly impressive heiau (ancient stone temple) is one of Oʻahu's…

5. Maʻili Beach Park

3.51 MILES

This attractive beach has the distinction of being one of the longest stretches of white sand on the island. The grassy park that sits adjacent to the…

6. Kaneana Cave

3.99 MILES

The waves that created this giant stone amphitheater receded long ago. Now the highway passes right outside the cave, about 3 miles north of Makaha Beach…

7. Makua Valley

4.48 MILES

The virescent Makua Valley is wide and grassy near the shore and narrows into a fan of sharply fluted mountains. It's used as a training area for the…

8. Makua Beach

4.98 MILES

Way back in the day, this beach was a canoe-landing site for interisland travelers. In the late ‘60s it was used as the backdrop for the movie Hawaii…