Attractions

Top Choice Gardens 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 ar…
Top Choice Beach in Kailua

Kailua Beach Park

A wide arc of sand drapes around the jewel-colored waters of Kailua Bay, with formidable volcanic headlands bookending either side and interesting little islands rising offshore. It’s ideal for long, leisurely walks…
Top Choice Viewpoint 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 ahead, K…
Top Choice Beach 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 Isla…
Top Choice Beach in Waimanalo

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park

A wide forest of ironwoods hides a broad sandy beach with little development in sight. This 75-acre county park has Waimanalo Bay’s biggest waves and is popular with board surfers and bodyboarders. Even if you’re no…
Top Choice Viewpoint 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 here…
Temple in Kailua

Ulupo Heiau State Monument

Rich in stream-fed agricultural land, abundant 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 cultiva…
Cultural Center in Laʻie

Polynesian Cultural Center

A nonprofit cultural park owned by the Mormon Church, the PCC revolves around eight Polynesian-themed ʻvillages’ representing Hawaii, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Tahiti and Tonga. …
Beach in Waimanalo

Bellows Field Beach Park

With fine sand and a natural setting backed by ironwood trees in places, this is a great beach. The only problem is that the park is only open to civilians on weekends (and national holidays) because it fronts Bello…
Temple in Kaneʻohe Bay Area

Valley of the Temples & Byōdō-In

So peaceful and parklike, it might take you a minute to realize Valley of the Temples is an interdenominational cemetery. Up at the base of the Koʻolau mountain’s verdant fluted cliffs sits Byōdō-In, a replica of a …