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 ChoiceHawaiian in Kahuluʻu & Waiahole

Waiahole Poi Factory

This family-owned roadside landmark sells ʻono (delicious) traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, baked laulau (bundle made of pork or chicken with salted butterfish wrapped in taro and ti leaves and steamed) and...

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 ChoiceHawaiian in Waimanalo

Ai Love Nalo

Vegan meets Hawaiian at this Waimanalo sensation, where you can savor back-to-the-earth farm goodness from a family kitchen. Dishes such as the roasted-veg plate are revelations of the delights possible from the...

Top ChoiceSports Bar in Kailua

Maui Brewing Co.

These guys have opened a large bar and restaurant on Kailua Rd, adding immensely to Kailua's drinking options. Expect island-inspired cuisine, more than 30 beers on tap and screens for sports viewing. Some...

Top ChoiceArt in Kahuluʻu & Waiahole

Sunshine Arts Gallery

Tropical murals emblazon the exterior of this place, but that’s nothing compared to the riot of creativity inside. A rotating array of the work of more than 100 island artists is displayed at the coast’s largest...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Punaluʻu

Shrimp Shack

The shrimp are fried in garlic and dipped in butter, or you could order mussels or crab legs at this legendary sunny, yellow-painted food truck parked beside Ching’s general store. You can't miss it roadside –...

Top ChoiceBistro in Kailua

Kalapawai Cafe & Deli

An excellent gourmet, self-serve deli by day, Kalapawai transforms after 5pm into an inviting, eclectic bistro. The eggplant bruschetta and other share dishes are excellent paired with a wine flight (a series of...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Kailua

Over Easy

It's a little hard to spot from the street, but you'll be glad you made the effort at Kailua's favorite breakfast, brunch and lunch spot. A fave is the Kalua Pig Hash ($15), featuring two sunny-side-up eggs,...

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...

Top ChoiceBeer Hall in Kailua

Grace in Growlers

With only a few years under its belt, this beer bar is already a Kailua institution. It's a real community gathering spot and has an innovative concept: you choose from a huge variety of excellent microbrews and...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Waimanalo

Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack

Superb plate lunches can be enjoyed at tables inside and out at this super-casual (but not shack-like) local eatery. The beach is a short walk away; get your meal to go and have a picnic on the shore. The garlic...

Top ChoiceCafe in Kailua

Moké’s Bread & Breakfast

Locals reading the paper or petting their dogs at the blue-checker-clothed tables are the norm at this legendary cafe. The famous lilikoʻi (passion fruit) pancakes and fresh-veggie frittatas are mighty fine. It...

Top ChoiceMexican in Laʻie

Guadalajara Grill

One of the Windward Coast's best food trucks, this one is set near beaches and is surrounded by lush plants. There's also a nice shady picnic area. The burritos, tacos and quesadillas are fresh and excellent....

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Kailua

Island Snow Hawaii

Cool off with a Lanikai Lime or Banzai Banana shave ice at Island Snow, which serves up some of the best shave ice on Oʻahu; it's creamier than most. A favorite of the Obamas during their Kailua holidays, the...