Spinner dolphins are often sighted in the less populated bays in the summer, right around dawn. If you do not chase them, they often swim right up to you. If you try to get closer, they leave, so just relax and enjoy their company. It is a blessing.
Kawela Beach is located just South of Sunset beach in Kawela Bay along Kamehameha Highway, on the North Shore of Oahu.
During the summer months this beach is great for snorkeling and scuba diving. It also makes a great beach for families. Walking along the beach you can find many tide pools which can be fun to look in.
During winter months, the surf in the area can be very dangerous, so do not enter the water. Waves easily reach over 20ft, and pound against the rocks.
At Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau you can find a great lookout overlooking Waimea Bay. Simply follow the dirt path around the upper part of the Heiau. Follow the path to the left when it branches off into the high grass. On wet days it can be very muddy and slippery so watch your footing. You can also stain your clothes so if you dont want this to happen, dont proceed.
Follow the path about 50 ft and you will come to a drop off that over looks Waimae Bay. From here you can get great pictures of the bay, and of the Northwestern coast of Oahu.
The Mokulua islands are located aproximately 3/4 of a mile offshore of Lanikai Beach. The islands were once part of the Kailua Volcano that shaped the area millions of years ago.
The island on the left is called Moku Nui and is the biggest of the two, measuring about 300 meters long by 240 meters wide. Its highest point stands about 68 meters high.
Moku Iki on the right measures 267 meters long, by 213 meters wide and it's highest point reaching 46 meters high.
Moku Nui, the island on the left, is easily reached by boat, kayak or surf board, and has a pretty big beach on its south facing shore. The channel that seperates the two islands spans about 70 meters, and can produce some great waves.
One of my favorite beaches on Oahu is definitly Halona Beach. It is located on the east shore of Oahu, just around the bend from Sandy beach and the famous Halona Blowhole.
The beach, or cove, was made famous in the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. With its surrounding cliffs, and turquois water, it is filmakers dream come true.
To access the beach, you must descend down a rocky cliff path, near the corner of the Halona blowhole parking lot. This is a very small beach, and a very romantic one. It makes for great pictures, and on calm days, very plesant swimming. A bit of caution, when the water is rough, the current is very strong, many people have died by drowning off the shores of this beach. So be very careful and respect the ocean.
If time permits, i highly recommend this beach while visiting Oahu.
A picture of Margaret with Rabbit Island, and Turtle Island in the background. Rabbit Island is said to look like a rabbits head, with his ears floating behind him in the water. And Turtle Island, is said to look like a turtles shell...
Makapuu Scennic Point is located on the Eastern shore of Oahu, above Sea Life Park, and Makapuu Beach. From this vantage point you can get some beautiful pictures looking towards the Windward side of the island.
Here you can also get great shots of Makapuu Beach, Makapuu Lighthouse, and Rabbit and Turtle Island.
Makapuu Scenic point is located off of Kalanianaole Highway between Sandys Beach, and Sea Life Park. Approximately 30 minutes from downtown Waikiki
Laie Point makes a great spot for fishing, and is a favorite for the locals in the area. The point is also used for the back drop of wedding pictures.
Be careful during high surf if walking out on the rocks. It's not uncommon for a wave to come thru and take what ever is exploring the rocks, with it back into the ocean.
During our trip we visited a beautiful spot called "Laniloa". There is a legend that goes with this spot:
The point of land that extends out into the ocean is called, "Laniloa". According to legend, this pennisula was originally a "Mo'o" or lizard standing upright ready to kill any intruder.
After Kana, a lengendary warrior had rescued his mother from Molakai and reutrned her to Hawaii, Kana set out on a journey to kill all the Mo'os in the islands. He arrived in Laie where the Mo'o had been killing scores of people. Kana easily defeated the Mo'o. He took the Mo'o's head and chopped it into 5 pieces and flung them into the ocean.
Today, you can see the Lizards head as 5 small islands lying off shore.
On the way to Northshore, just passed Polynesian Culture Center, you enter the very small town of Laie. Here you can find one of Oahus great hidden scenic points, Laie Point.
Very few people who visit Oahu, will visit Laie Point. Unless you are with someone who knows the island very well. Not even all the locals of Oahu know where Laie Point is.
From Laie Point you will be blessed with great views of the Windward side of Oahu, as well as a look at Kukuihoolua Island. Those who know the island, know of the huge hole that passes thru its center, caused by thousands of years of waves, pounding at its sea facing side. On a rough day, you will see hundreds of gallons of water, blasted thru its hole.
Laie point is also a great local fishing spot, but also a very dangerous one as well. It is very easy to get swept off the rocks by a freak wave. Pay the up most respect to the ocean, and the cliffs around it, or you might find yourself swimming for your life in the rough ocean below.
Take Kam Highway north from Kaneohe. About 20 miles north in Laie, take a right on Anemoku St. At the T in the road, take a right onto Naupaka St. Follow it to the end and you are there.
Pounders Beach is a favorite for bodyboarders on the Windward side of Oahu. Pounders is located at Laie Beach , in Laie along Kamehameha Highway. About 30 minutes north of Kaneohe.
The beach is never to crowded, and on calm summer months, can be a nice beach for families.
Beware of strong currents during winter months. If the water looks rough i wouldn't recommend swimming here.
*** This picture is taken by Koloa Stream, that emptes into Laie Beach near the parking lot.
On the way to Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, you will have to ascent Pupukea Road. On the way up you will be treated with breathtaking views overlooking Pupukea.
Pupukea Rd is located off Kamehameha Highway, across from Pupukea Beach Park (Shark's Cove) on the North Shore of Oahu. Its also between Waimea Bay, and Ehukai Beach Park (Pipeline). South/east from Haleiwa.
Kaena Point is Oahu's most Northwestern point on the island. If coming from the North Shore side, you will pass some of Oahu's most secluded beaches, such as Mokuleia Beach Park, and Army Beach. Be careful at these beaches, since there are no life guards on duty, and the currents can be very strong. There are also a lot of rocks hidden beneath the water that you can not see until its to late.
To get here coming from Haleiwa, take Kamehameha Highway to the round about and head towards the 930 junction on Kaukonahua Rd. Take a right at the T in the road, and follow Kaukonahua Rd as it turns into Farrington Highway. Follow Farrington Highway pass Dillingham Airfield and Mokuleia State Park, and the road will come to an end. This is the farthest point you can drive to.
For hikers, you can hike 2.5 miles around to the point, or 5 miles around to where Farrington Highway ends on the Southwest most point of the island at Yokohama Bay.
Just a closer look at China Man's Hat, and Kaneohe Bay, where i grew up. Make sure you have a lot of film, or memory card space when making the drive along the windward coast towards the North Shore. Beautiful shots await you around every corner.
Kualoa Point always makes for a great spot to stop and take a little break on the way up to the North Shore. From here you can start to get a good idea of how big the waves may be up North. Its always nice to watch the waves break on the outer reef about a mile out. The water is always oh so blue, and the fresh ocean air blows thru your hair.
*** Here's a picture at Kualoa Point, just taking a break from the drive, and enjoying the surroundings.