Downtown Honolulu is home to some of Oahu’s most historic places. Next to the skyscrapers of the island’s main business district you’ll find important landmarks like theIolani Palace, the King Kamehameha I statue, the Kawaiahao Church and the Aloha Tower. Hawaii known for its Chinese American community, and is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States.
Keawa’ula Beach, better known as Yokohama Bay, is the northernmost beach on Oahu’s west shore. It is located a short distance just before the road ends and the trail to Ka’ena Point, the island’s northwestern tip, begins. Yokohama Bay has fine sand and is backed by the Wai’anae Mountain Range. The beautiful natural scenery makes for great photo opportunities. The bay is part of the Ka’ena Point State Park.
Lanai Lookout is located on Oahu’s southeast shore right on Kalanianaole Highway. It is one of three main roadside lookout points on this scenic stretch of coastline (the other two are the Makapuu Lookout and the Halona Blowhole Lookout). The lookout point has a small parking lot carved into the sea cliff. On a clear day you can see three neighbor islands from here, not just the island of Lanai, but Molokai and Maui as well. (sunset is not visible from this location)
Popular lookout near Oahu’s southeastern tip
Good spot for whale watching in the winter months (December to March) – bring binoculars
Kahala Beach – Waialae Beach Park is located right next to the Kahala Hotel & Resort (and near the Wai’alae Country Club) in Kahala on Oahu’s south shore, , about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Waikiki. The Wai’alae Stream flows right through the beach park and into the ocean, where its waters have formed a wide channel through the reef. The stream divides the park into two sections and a white stone bridge connects them. Wai’alae’s beach sand is interspersed with coral rubble from the reef offshore. The swimming conditions aren’t the best here because of the shallow reef. The beach park is frequented by picnickers, surfers and windsurfers. There is a small parking lot that fills up quickly during weekends when local families come here to picnic. (sunset is not visible from this location)
Sandy Beach is a popular beach is about 1,200 feet long and is great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and laying out on the golden sands. A wide and expansive beach, Sandys is nice for swimming when the waves are very small, but most often there is a pounding shorebreak that creates very dangerous conditions for novices. Do not swim when the shorebreak looks dangerous because it is, and extreme injury may result.(sunset is not visible from this location)
Body boarding and body surfing for the experienced only!
Sunbathing and Beach Walks.
Kite-flying on the big grass lawn fronting the beach.
The Makapu’u Point Lookout is located just off Kalanianaole Highway on Oahu’s southeastern tip. There is a parking lot and a paved walkway that leads to an area that overlooks Makapu’u Beach Park, the sea cliffs, as well as Rabbit Island (also known as Manana Island) and Kaohikaipu Island. (sunset is not visible from this location)
Great view of the turquoise ocean, sea cliffs and Oahu’s southeastern shoreline
Makapuu Beach – Small rocky beach is located below Makapu’u Point. This is a very popular beach for bodysurfing but large waves and riptides can make swimming hazardous. Rabbit Island sits just offshore and makes this beach very picturesque. (sunset is not visible from this location)
Popular bodyboarding/bodysurfing beach, but not suitable for swimming