Top ChoiceBeach in Kailua

Kailua Beach Park

Kailua Beach Park

A wide arc of sand drapes around the jewel-colored waters of Kailua Bay, bookended by formidable volcanic headlands and with interesting little islands rising offshore. It’s ideal for long, leisurely walks,...

Top ChoiceArt Studio in Kaneʻohe Bay Area

Gyotaku by Naoki

You'll probably have seen Naoki's magnificent gyotaku (Japanese-style fish prints) all over Oʻahu in galleries, restaurants and bars, but there's nothing like watching him print up a freshly caught fish in his...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Maunawili

Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside

About 5 miles northeast of Honolulu, turn as indicated to the popular ridgetop lookout with a sweeping vista of Windward Oʻahu from a height of 1200ft. As you stand at the edge, Kaneʻohe lies below straight...

Top ChoiceBeach in Kualoa

Kualoa Regional Park

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 and Mokoliʻi...

Top ChoiceGardens in Kaneʻohe Bay Area

Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden

The dramatic ridged cliffs of the Koʻolau Range are arrayed in front of you like an Imax screen at Oʻahu’s largest botanical garden. It encompasses 400 acres of trees and flowers from around the world. Plants are...

Top ChoiceBeach in Waimanalo

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park

Also known as Sherwood Forest, as a gang likening themselves to Robin Hood and his merry men operated here in the 1960s, this broad sandy beach backed by ironwood trees is spectacular, popular with surfers and...

Top ChoiceBeach in Laʻie

Laʻie Beach Park

A half-mile south of the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) main entrance, this is an excellent bodysurfing beach, but the shore break can be brutal, thus its nickname, Pounders Beach. Around the corner at the...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Laʻie

Laʻie Point State Wayside

Crashing surf, a lava arch and a slice of Hawaiian folk history await at Laʻie Point. The tiny offshore islands are said to be the surviving pieces of a moʻo (lizard spirit) slain by a legendary warrior. To get...

Temple in Kailua

Ulupo Heiau State Monument

Rich in stream-fed agricultural land, fishing grounds and protected canoe landings, Kailua was an ancient economic center that supported at least three temples. Ulupo – once bordered by 400 acres of cultivated...

Cultural Center in Laʻie

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

A cultural park owned by the Mormon Church, the PCC revolves around Polynesian-themed ʻvillages’ representing Hawaii, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Tahiti and Tonga. The admission price is steep, but this...

Temple in Kaneʻohe Bay Area

Valley of the Temples & Byōdō-In

It's so peaceful and parklike that it might take you a minute to realize that Valley of the Temples is an interdenominational cemetery. Up at the base of the Koʻolau mountains’ verdant fluted cliffs sits...

Beach in Waimanalo

Bellows Field Beach Park

An extenuation of stunning Waimanalo Beach, this beach park is only open to civilians on weekends (and national holidays), as it fronts Bellows Air Force Station. Lifeguards, showers, restrooms, drinking water...

Beach in Waimanalo

Waimanalo Beach Park

By the side of the roadway south of the main business area, this sloping strip of soft white sand has little puppy waves that are excellent for swimming. Manana Island and Makapuʻu Point are visible to the south....

Beach in Kailua

Kalama Beach Park

Kalama Beach Park, 1 mile north of Kailua Beach Park on Kalaheo Ave, is the best place to park for a great walk. Climb over the grassy lawn to a much more residential stretch of sand. Weekdays there’s hardly a...

Beach in Laʻie

Kokololio Beach Park

A wide patch of sand, good surf and decent parking make this a great beach to pause for a picnic and a splash. There's a wide lawn, picnic tables and shade-giving trees.

Park in Kahana Valley

Ahupuaʻa o Kahana State Park

In spite of over 40 years of political controversy and failed plans for a living-history village, this park is currently still open to visitors.Starting near the community center, the gentle, 1.2-mile round-trip...

Park in Kailua

Kawai Nui Marsh

One of Hawaii’s largest freshwater marshes, Kawai Nui provides flood protection for the town and a habitat for endangered waterbirds, and is also one of the largest remaining fishponds once used by ancient...

Island in Malaekahana State Recreation Area

Mokuʻauia

When the tide is low you can wade from Malaekahana State Recreation Area's southern Kalanai Point to Mokuʻauia (Goat Island), a state bird sanctuary about 250yd offshore. The island has two attractive beaches...

Wildlife Reserve in Kahuku

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge

A few miles northwest of Kahuku town heading toward Turtle Bay, this rare freshwater wetland provides habitat for four of Hawaii's six endangered waterbirds: the ʻalae kea (Hawaiian coot), aeʻo (Hawaiian...

Beach in Kailua

Lanikai Beach

Just southeast of Kailua, Lanikai is an exclusive residential neighborhood fronting a gorgeous stretch of powdery white sand overlooking two postcard-perfect islands, known locally as the Mokes. Today the beach...