They have a GREAT public transportation system. utilize it and you will save yourself lots of moolah! its not too hard to learn. Plus, if we ever had a question, we just asked someone for help. it will get you all around the island even if your budget is really tight.. the bus goes on all the great roads along the coast and by pretty scenery...the dole plantation, North Shore, etc. totally worth it.
This is a hike i take everyone on when they come with me to Hawaii. Its about a 2 mile hike all together which takes you all the way up to a look out that over looks the famous Makapuu Light House. Also on the hike, you can over look Hawaii Kai, look down on Makapuu Beach, and do some great whale spotting looking towards the island of Molokai.
You will want to take some water on this hike, since it can be very hot on the road up. Take your time becuase if you are lazy like me, you will get tired. There is some cool off trail hiking where you can find old military bunkers. Be very careful since it is off trail and the footing can be bad. I recommend you bring binoculars, just incase u spot some whales passing through the Molokai channel. There is a good chance you will during the winter months.
Wear covered shoes because there is sharpe lave rocks on some part of the trails.
All in all, I highly recommend this hike if u are looking for some beautiful views of the island.
In 1795, King Kamehameha defeated the armies of Oahu when he pushed them over the cliffs at Nuuanu Pali. In 1897 when old pali road was being built (the first road to connect the windward side of Oahu with the leward side, via the koolau mountains) construction workers found over 800 human remains at the base of the cliff.
Today there is a new road built that goes through the mountain instead of over. the old pali road is now a state park with a lookout that overlooks the windward side of Oahu.
The old road still remains, and u may walk down the old road for some great shots looking down on the town of Kaneohe. Check out my old pali road link...OLD PALI ROAD
9am til 4m daily
Be very careful at the lookout because of strong winds. hold down hats or any loose items. Do not climb ont he walls, or your bones may be discovered one day...
Around mile marker 11, the jagged lava coast itself spouts sea foam at the Halona Blowhole. Look out to sea from Halona over Sandy Beach and across the 26-mile gulf to neighboring Molokai and the faint triangular shadow of Lanai on the far horizon.
This marine preserve is a great place to stop for a swim; you'll find the friendliest fish on the island here. A reminder: The beach park is closed on Tuesdays.