Oahu’s Windward Coast
Not far from the busy city streets of Honolulu is one of the hidden gems of Oahu. Stretching from the South Shore all the way to Kualoa Ranch, the Windward Coast of the island features 2 of the most beautiful beaches on the island, quiet streets, an easy-going way of life, and the chance to have a truly authentic Hawaii experience.
The most well-known destination on the east side of the island is Lanikai Beach, often recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States, and is featured in annual publications designating the top beaches. This hidden gem of a beach faces the two iconic offshore islands, the Mokulua Islands (or The Mokes to residents) and is the perfect place for Stand-up Paddle, swimming, or just relaxing on the white sands.
Not far from Lanikai is the quaint town of Kailua. One of the fastest growing areas of Oahu, Kailua also features one of the best beaches on the island (just around the bend from Lanikai) and is home to a number of amazing places to eat. Many locals that live in Kailua enjoy a scenic commute over the Pali Highway or H3 back into town, and marvel at the incredible views of the island during the drive.
One of the most popular attractions on the Windward Coast is Kualoa Ranch, and 400-acre ranch and activity center that is tucked against the Ko’olau Mountains and inhabits a lush valley that has been in use since the earliest days of settlement on the island. For many years, the valley was used by Hawaiian royalty and features incredible history that is shared during a day at Kualoa Ranch.
Visiting the Windward Coast is quite easy, and is fast becoming a great option for a day during a visit to Oahu. There is so much to do, and just driving to the east side of the island is beautiful and will have you snapping plenty of photos. Most commonly, a drive is taken over the Pali Highway, with a stop at the Pali Lookout, or over the H3, coming down into Kaneohe and sweeping panoramic views of Kaneohe Bay. The other option that is usually taken is a drive around the scenic South Shore, taking a stop in Waimanalo at Waimanalo Beach or at one of the roadside restaurants.
When visiting Oahu’s Windward Coast, and any place in Hawaii, always remember that this is where the residents of the islands make their homes, and all they ask is to be respectful of where they live. The islands are an incredible place and preserving the natural beauty and Aloha Spirit is vital to the islands.
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