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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 Hawaiian 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 squid…
Top Choice Art 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 own s…
Top Choice Local in Kahuku

Tita's Grill

One of the first Kahuku eateries you'll encounter coming from the south. Real local flavor defines this roadside drive-in, where loco moco plates smothered in gravy, kalbi (Korean-style grilled marinated short ribs)…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Waimanalo

Ai Love Nalo

Vegan meets Hawaiian at this Waimanalo sensation. Savor back-to-the-earth farm goodness from this family kitchen. Dishes like the roasted-veg plate are revelations of the goodness possible from the earth's bounty. S…
Top Choice Seafood 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 outside Ching’s general store. You can't miss it roadside – the …