Hawaii Kai Travel Guide

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    Koko Crater
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    Koko Crater
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Hawaii Kai Things to Do

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Sep 18, 2008

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    Makapu’u is Hawaiian for “bulging eyes.” The beach is located near Makapu’u point which is the easternmost point on O’ahu and on very clear days you are supposed to be able to see all the way to Molokai.
    The beach itself is very popular for bodysurfing but can experience large waves especially in the winter. The two small islands (Manana and Kaohikaipu) just offshore also help to make the area more appealing.
    Another tourist activity in the area is Sea Life Park. I did not visit the park but it looks interesting.

    Makapu'u Beach
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    • Beaches
    • Surfing
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    As a geology enthusiast I was very interested to see the blowhole. It is a lava tube that terminates at just the right height for incoming waves to shoot themselves through the hollow tube. The water can be shot up to 30 feet (9 m) in the air on good days but I found this to be quite disappointing.
    During my trip I attempted to view the blowhole 2 times. I thought that the reason it was not firing was because i needed to catch it at a higher tide. The second time I looked up tide tables and returned at high tide to find that it still wasn't active. I think that high tide would be the best time to go but maybe the tides just weren't that high on my visit. If you are curious how the blowhole looks when it is actually firing you can easily youtube Halona Blowhole.

    The non-firing Blowhole
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    • National/State Park
    • Beaches

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    by GuthrieColin Written Mar 18, 2008

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    Hawaii Kai seems to be a golfers community which caters to that crowd. It does have some easily accessible shopping and many restaurants. If you happen to be looking for a more low key place to catch dinner Hawaii Kai is only 10-15 minutes from Waikiki.

    Hawaii Kai Lookout
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    • Luxury Travel

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Hawaii Kai Restaurants

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    by GuthrieColin Written Mar 18, 2008

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    Depending on who you talk to a loco moco of one of the authentic Hawaiian things to experience. It is an amalgamation of rice, topped with a hamburger patty, smothered with gravy, then capped off with sunny side up eggs. Sounds like a bunch of mush, but it's actually quite tasty. The textures of the dish are somewhat confusing but once you get past that it is to say the least 'memorable'. You just have to try it.

    Favorite Dish: Loco Moco. Try the namesake of the restaurant with an open mind and enjoy.

    Loco Moco A Loco Moco
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    • Arts and Culture

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Hawaii Kai Tourist Traps

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    by CheekyMnky Written Aug 30, 2005

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    U Have to do it. If you rent a car, while at the Outrigger Waikkiki, you have to park and store your car $15 a day, plus tip the guy, who's goofing off out there, while you wait for your car.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't lose your ticket EVER $30 Pull over to load and unload your bags for yourself, you could use the exercise right?

    Fun Alternatives: WALK Everywhere. or Take the bus while touring and mind your manners.

    Everywhere you look.....
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    • Hiking and Walking

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Hawaii Kai Off The Beaten Path

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    by kellinwood Written Jul 20, 2011

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    The Koko Crater Botanical gardens are located on the floor of the crater. There is an easy two mile loop trail that takes you around the gardens, which feature Hawaiian, African, north and south American trees and shrubs. Our favorite areas included the cactus garden in the 'Americas' section and the Plumeria trees in the Hawaiian section. Most items are labeled with common name, genus, and area of origin.

    Get there early in the summer and always carry a water bottle -- it can get very warm during the day.

    The crater is about 30 minutes outside of Honolulu near the town of Hawaii Kai. Drive out the Kalanianaole Hwy (route #72) and turn onto Kealahou Street. Take the fourth left-hand turn, drive to the end, and then turn right onto a dirt road. The parking for the botanical gardens trail head is a short distance on the left.

    Koko Crater Botanical Gardens - yellow plumeria
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    • Hiking and Walking

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    The trail to Makapu’u Point is 2.8 miles (4.5 km) roundtrip, paved most of the way, and ascends to a height of 560 feet (170 meters). From the summit you will be able to look down at the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse and north to windward Oahu. There are also some old WWII bunkers near the summit.
    Along the trail desert plants and adorn the path. You will have great views of the coast and the potential for viewing humpback whales. From December through April humpback whales can be seen in the near-shore waters just off Makapu’u point.
    A mounted binocular scope is located along the trail but I really believe that bringing a pair of your own would be much better. Also it would be a great idea to bring drinking water since the hike is very exposed and the sun can really drain you.

    Address: 41-01 kalanianaole hwy honolulu, Hi
    Directions:
    From Honolulu Take H-1 East and continue on Kalanianaole Hwy (72) until you see the turnout denoted by a brown sign that reads “Ka’Iwi”.

    Looking North From Makapu'u Point Kaohikaipu Island Looking North Desert-like Plants Along Trail Makapu'u Point From Beach Manana and Kaohikaipu Islands
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    • Historical Travel
    • Desert
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    In Hawaiian legend, Makapu’u is a supernatural being that came from Tahiti. It found a home here at Makapu’u point and was significant for its set of 8 bright eyes. Makapu’u in the Hawaiian language means “bulging eye” and it seems appropriate that now this lighthouse bears the name of this bright bulging eye.
    Like most lighthouses in Hawaii, Makapu’u was constructed after a series of ships ran aground off its coast. It was built in 1909 and is one of Oahu’s most familiar landmarks. From Makapu’u Point it is just 25 miles (40 km) to the coast of Molokai and on a clear day it can be seen.
    The Makapu’u Lighthouse sits 395 feet (120 meters) above sea level but the tower itself is only 35 feet (10 meters) tall. It seems to be in fairly good condition but the Lighthouse has restricted access since the 1980’s after a series of vandalism incidents.

    Address: 41-01 kalanianaole hwy honolulu, Hi
    Directions:
    From Honolulu Take H-1 East and continue on Kalanianaole Hwy (72) until you see the turnout denoted by a brown sign that reads “Ka’Iwi”.

    Makapu'u Lighthouse Makapu'u Lighthouse Makapu'u Lighthouse Lighthouse From Summit Makapu'u Lighthouse
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    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Whale Watching

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