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Kaneohe Things to Do

  • Valley of the Temples

    Granted, its a cemetery, but it has great views of the Koolau mountains and a cool Buddhist temple. Entrance to the main grounds is free, but for the buddhist temple there is a $3.00 fee.

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  • Nuuanu Pali Lookout

    The Nuuanu Pali Lookout is a perennial favorite stop among visitors to Oahu. The panoramic views of the Windward side of the island from this expansive cliff will blow you away. Nuʻuanu Pali is a section of the windward cliff (pali in Hawaiian) of the Koʻolau mountain located at the head of Nuʻuanu Valley on the island of Oʻahu....

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  • Byodo-In Temple

    The sky begins to darken as storm clouds drift in from Kaneohe Bay. Just ahead lies the Byodo-In Buddhist Temple, a beautiful replica of the original 900 year old structure in Uji, Japan. Nestled against a backdrop of tall green cliffs and landscaped with traditional Japanese gardens, the temple is home to a variety of animal species, from regal...

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  • Chinaman's Hat!

    Chinaman's Hat, also referred to as Mokolii ("little lizard"),is a tiny island off of Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii. It is a 12.5 acre, 206 foot tall basalt island one-third of a mile offshore of Kualoa Point. Geologically, it used to be connected to Oahu before erosion cut it off. It is also known as "Chinaman's Hat" for its likeness to the straw hats...

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  • Pali Highway!

    Officially designated State Route 61, this scenic highway runs from Kailua to Honolulu.It is the main highway connecting downtown Honolulu, Hawaii with windward O‘ahu. From downtown, it traverses up Nu‘uanu Valley and the residential neighborhood of Nu‘uanu, passes through the Nu‘uanu Pali Tunnels, and descends to the major windward communities of...

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  • Visit the Byodo-in Temple

    The temple is situated at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park which was established in 1968 to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The temple was built entirely without the use of nails. Supposed to be a scale replica of a temple at Uji, Japan that was constructed over 900 years ago. It is situated against a back-drop of tall...

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Kaneohe Restaurants

  • Gourmet Plate Lunch

    Dean's Drive Inn serves local food made by "local boy" Dean Mashima in a small storefront in Kaneohe. The atmosphere is very friendly and casual. For my first visit I explained that I had never been in before and the lady at the counter was extremely helpful in suggesting an order to satisfy our needs.The menu is a variation of traditional Hawaiian...

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  • Best Example of Hawaii Style Chinese

    Perhaps the best example of Hawai'i style "chop suey" Cantonese food is Kin Wah Chop Suey in Kaneohe (45-588 Kamehameha Hwy). A popular neighborhood restaurant, there’s nothing fancy about Kin Wah, but it’s always packed with family parties. Like the restaurant itself, there’s nothing frou frou about the food, it’s just great and inexpensive. In...

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  • Something Different

    Haleiwa Joes is located at Haiku Gardens, in the small town Kaneohe. It is a great off the beaten path place to eat.I am not going to tell you about how great the food is, or how good the service is. The reason i enjoy this place is because of its location. Its tucked away near the Koolau mountains over looking the beautiful, breath taking, Haiku...

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Kaneohe Nightlife

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    by machomikemd Written Dec 12, 2009

    bonding at Kaneohe with my friends. My friend adrian lives here in kanoehe and he was my classmate and my close friend since college days in the philippines. We were fraternity brothers in medical school and the reason I went to a revisit here in hawaii after a 6 day trip to japan with my other friend, the fentlog. what is bonding without rounds of beer? so we had original japanese beers asahi, kirin and sapporo and some bar chow from japan bought here to start the bonding and drinking session.

    Dress Code: none, since this is located in a house

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Kaneohe Off The Beaten Path

  • Heeia State Park

    Heeia State Park is a neat little park that provides great photo opps of Kaneohe Bay. Located off kamehameha Highway (46-465 Kamehameha Highway, Kane‘ohe) Right before Heeia pier. You can get great pictures of Kaneohe Bay and the Koolau mountain range, the whole kaneohe, bay Waikalau fish pond built over a thousand years ago,Heeia pier, China Mans...

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  • Stairway to heaven

    On the Windward side of Oahu, in the small town of Kaneohe, is the stairway hike called "Stairway to Heaven". Its over 4500 stairs that take you from the bottom of the Koolau mountain range, to the top. The Koolau mountains are the mountains that run through the middle of the island, and seperate the Windward side of the island from the Leeward...

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  • Byodo-in Temple

    If you end up on Oahu, and you've never seen a Japanese temple, wander over to the Valley of the Temples and check out the Byodo-in Temple. The temple is a replica of a 900-year-old temple in Japan, and it boasts the largest wooden Buddha carved in the past 900 years. It's not a place to make a day of, but it if you're driving by, you might as well...

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Kaneohe Favorites

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    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: In the Hawaiian language, kāne ʻohe means "bamboo man". An ancient Hawaiian story says that at a time a man and wife lived there and she compared his cruelty to the sharp edge of cutting bamboo, thus the place was named Kāneʻohe or "Bamboo man"Kāneʻohe is the largest of several communities along Kāneʻohe Bay and one of the two largest residential communities on the windward side of Oʻahu (the other is Kailua). The commercial center of the town is spread mostly along Kamehameha Highway but the best is Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center located in 46-047 Kamehameha Highway.

    Fondest memory: Features of note are Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden and the new Hawaiʻi National Veterans Cemetery. Marine Corps Base Hawaii lies across the south end of Kāneʻohe Bay from the central part of Kāneʻohe, although the town stretches along Kāneʻohe Bay Drive to the base perimeter. Spectacular views of Koolau Mountain Range and on Pali and Like-like highway and especially the Chinaman's Hat along Kamehameha Highway.

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