Beaches / Coastlines, Oahu
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.
Kualoa Point is located on the windward side of Oahu, about 20 minutes from Kaneohe, and 45 minutes from Honolulu, along Kamehameha Highway.
The beach is a great spot for long boarding and fishing, and is located just 5 minutes from Kualoa Beach Park, China Man's Hat.
The beach is never crowded and is a great spot for families. Just down the shore is Kaaawa Beach, another great family beach. Only draw back is the rocks in some areas beneath the water.
This picture was taken from Moku Nui island, looking towards its sister island Moku Iki. To Kayak out to the islands take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your starting point, and how strong of a paddler you are.
On a good day there can be nice rolling swells between the two islands that are perfect for kayak surfing.
Lanikai beach was actually chosen as the best beach in the world a few years back. This picture is of Nadine, with Waimanalo in the distance.
The beach is less crowded then most of Oahu's beaches, and the farther down the beach you walk, the less people you will find.
Lanikai beach, just off Kailua beach is definitly a off the beaten path, since most tourist dont often head out that way. Tucked behind the homes of Lanikai, and around the rocks of Kailua, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the World. Perfect for tanning, swimming, snorkling, sailing, kayaking, or digging holes in the sand.
To arrive at Lanikai beach, simply head pass Kailua beach park on Kawailoa Rd, and take a left when u get to Mokulua Dr. Follow it all the way around since its turns into a one way until you see signs for beach access. Follow one of the beach access paths and, boom! you are there...
Here's another show of Kualoa Beach, and its backdrop, Kaneohe Bay. On a sunny day the ocean is an amazing blue and green that words can not explain. The Koolau mountains are absolutely breath taking, and you can definitly come away with pictures that most other tourist dont have.
Kualoa Beach is located off Kamehameha Highway on the windward side of Oahu. The beach is most famous for its off shore island "China Mans Hat". The beach and island have been the back drop for many hollywood movies.
What most people dont know is that if you follow the beach shoreline east around towards Kaneohe Bay, you will come to a secluded stretch of shoreline, that not even most island locals visit.
From there you can get some great pictures of the windward side of Oahu, and Kaneohe Bay. The beach is perfect for swimming, and private tanning.