Windward (East) Oahu
Experience a true tropical paradise on the East Side of Oahu. In Kailua and Lanikai, warm breezes blow across magnificent white-sand beaches, while the majestic Koolau Mountains offer a backdrop of gorgeous green! Windward Oahu is 30 miles of scenic coastline, picturesque bays, and beach communities that are popular with Oahu’s windsurfers and kiteboarders. They add a colorful flair to the ocean scene, along with the birds that make their homes on the bird sanctuaries located on some of the offshore islands. There are also numerous fishponds, a relic of old Hawaii and the days of royalty. With plenty of shopping, great places to eat, and no shortage of beautiful beaches and fun activities to keep you busy, this side of the island has a little of everything!
Sights To See
One of the oldest cultural sites on O`ahu, it is the second-largest existing heiau on this island – dating back to the 1400’s. Oral history that survives says that the heiau was constructed by the menehune.
A steep but popular hike. Olomana Peak is sometimes referred to as the “Matterhorn of Hawaii,” as its shape resembles the famous Swiss peak.
A small island located off Kualoa Regional Park. Also called Chinaman’s Hat because of its conical shape, which resembles the peasant’s hat worn in rural China. During low tide, it is possible to wade over. There are sea caves, two small beaches, and amazing views from the peak.
This 400-acre garden is nestled at the base of the majestic Ko`olau Mountains. Plants from around the world are represented, with an emphasis on Polynesian plants and palms.
Historical landmark of the Battle of Nuuanu, where King Kamehameha I finally united Oahu under his rule. Also a scenic spot with panoramic views overlooking the Ko`olau cliffs.
The Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple welcoming people of all faiths to meditate, worship, or simply appreciate its beauty. The temple was established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Byodo-In Temple in O’ahu is a smaller-scale replica of the 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan, and is a United Nations World Heritage Site.