When people think of Oahu, Hawaii, their minds often drift to the bustling city of Honolulu, the vibrant nightlife of Waikiki, or the famous surf breaks of the North Shore. However, nestled on the eastern coast of Oahu lies a hidden gem that offers a different side of the island’s beauty and tranquility – Kaneohe. Read more and then go and explore Kaneohe and its wonders!
Surrounded by lush landscapes, Mountain views and Kaneohe Bay, Kaneohe has areas for nature lovers and those seeking a more serene escape.
Explore Kaneohe and find an abundance of natural wonders including The Ko’olau Mountain Range which provides a breathtaking backdrop with its emerald green cliffs and mist-covered peaks.
For the plant enthusiast, visit the Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Gardens. This 400-acre garden showcases a diverse collection of tropical plants from around the world. Stroll through lush gardens, tranquil ponds, and vibrant flower displays, all while enjoying the magnificent views of the Ko’olau Range in the background.
Kaneohe Bay is a vast, picturesque inlet that allows exploration in its calm waters. Kayaking, Sailing, and Boating on the bay are popular activities. The bay is home to the iconic Mokoliʻi Island, often referred to as “Chinaman’s Hat” due to its unique shape. Taking a boating trip or hiking up to the summit offers incredible panoramic views of the bay and surrounding landscapes. The “Sandbar” is also a favorite amongst the boating community. The Kaneohe sandbar is about 3 miles long and 1 mile wide. In ancient Hawaii, the sandbar was known as “Ahu O Laka”, meaning Altar of Laka, the God of Hula. You cannot visit the sandbar by car or foot, you will need a boat to make it to this destination.
Kaneohe is also a place where Hawaiian culture and traditions thrive. Visitors can explore ancient Hawaiian fishponds, such as Heʻeia Fishpond, where traditional aquaculture practices are still preserved. Engaging in cultural activities, like lei-making or hula dancing lessons, provides a deeper understanding of the island’s rich heritage.
As a reminder, let us always carry the intention of leaving every place better than we found it, a gift to the world and a testament to our respect for the beauty and sanctity of our shared planet.
Explore Kaneohe and then don’t forget to explore more of the beauty of Oahu here!