Southeast O‘ahu attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Kahala

Shangri La

Celebrity Doris Duke had a lifelong passion for Islamic art and architecture, inspired by a visit to the Taj Mahal during her honeymoon in India at the age of 23. During that same honeymoon in 1935, she stopped at O…
Top Choice Park in Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

From an overlook, you can peer into the translucent waters and see the outline of the 7000-year-old coral reef that stretches across the width of the bay. You’re bound to see schools of glittering silver fish, the b…
Top Choice Beach in Koko Head Regional Park

Sandy Beach Park

Here the ocean usually heaves and thrashes like a furious beast. This is one of Oʻahu’s most challenging beaches, with a punishing shorebreak, powerful backwash and strong rip currents. Expert bodysurfers and bodybo…
Top Choice State Park in Diamond Head

Diamond Head State Monument

The extinct crater of Diamond Head is now a state monument, with picnic tables and a spectacular hiking trail up to the 761ft-high summit. The trail was built in 1908 to service military observation stations located…
Top Choice Beach in Koko Head Regional Park

Halona Cove

Take your lover down for a roll in the sand at this sweet pocket cove made famous in the legendary wave-tossed love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity. You can peer…
Top Choice Museum in Hanauma Bay

Marine Educational Center

Past the park's entrance ticket windows is an excellent educational center run by the University of Hawaiʻi. Interactive, family-friendly displays teach visitors about the unique geology and ecology of the bay. Ever…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Diamond Head

Diamond Head Lookout

From this small parking area, there are fine views over Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park and up the coast toward Kahala. On the east side of the parking area, look for the Amelia Earhart Marker, which recalls her 1935 solo …
Viewpoint in Koko Head Regional Park

Lanaʻi Lookout

Less than a mile east of Hanauma Bay, roadside Lanaʻi Lookout offers a panorama on clear days of several Hawaiian islands: Lanaʻi to the right, Maui in the middle and Molokaʻi to the left. It’s also a good vantage p…
Gardens in Koko Head Regional Park

Koko Crater Botanical Garden

According to Hawaiian legend, Koko Crater is the imprint left by the magical flying vagina of Kapo, sent from the Big Island to lure the pig-god Kamapuaʻa away from her sister Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and …
Viewpoint in Koko Head Regional Park

Halona Blowhole

Just watch where all the tour buses are turning off to find this one. Here, ocean waves surge through a submerged tunnel in the rock and spout up through a hole in the ledge. It’s preceded by a gushing sound, create…