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Kailua and Waimanalo - Authentic, Accessible Hawaii

Dec 12, 2007  Raised in Hawaii.
3.0 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

Enjoy a few of the spots that make locals of all stripes say "Lucky we live Hawaii!" These are places you can easily visit in an afternoon when visiting windward Oahu.

  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Waimanalo Beach Park

    Start your day here, where you'll witness the most incredible sunrise you've ever seen. This tropical beach scene will make you wish you could stay forever. Your photos will make folks back home green with envy.

  • 2. Keneke's Restaurant

    After sunrise, stop in here for an ono-licious breakfast. This roadside attraction features the absolute best kalua pork on the island, and its decor is one-of-a-kind.

  • 3. Sea Life Park

    Plan on spending the rest of your morning here. Featuring endangered species like the Hawaiian Monk Seal, Sea Life Park can get you up close and personal with Hawaii's aquatic life. Also, the view from the park of the ocean below is not to be missed.

  • 4. Kaiwa Ridge Trail - Lanikai Pillboxes

    This short hike in Kailua is well worth the time - it takes you to the low peaks of the hills of Lanikai; playground for the rich and famous in Hawaii. It also provides fantastic panoramic views of the ocean and mountains.

  • 5. Lanikai Beach

    Spend your afternoon soaking up the sun and playing in the surf to help cool you off after your hike. This beach is regularly voted as the nation's best! Come see why for yourself.

  • 6. Island Snow Shave Ice

    This is one of the top spots on the island to get "shave ice" (think: the best snow cone you've ever had) with amazing tropical flavors like lilikoi (passionfruit), guava, mango, and more. Treat yourself to one of these at the end of the day.