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O'ahu

The Gathering Place

 

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Heading north of Honolulu on both the windward coast and the leeward coast, the natural landscapes and more traditional aspects of Hawaiian life become apparent.

A view of the east coast can be seen from the viewpoint at  Makapu'u Point  lighthouse.

Koko Head is the second dormant peak visible from Honolulu.  Below it lies Hanauma Bay Natural Preserve.

Kalama Beach Park in Kailua  is a popular recreation area on the east coast.

The Halona Blowhole is a lava tube which catches the ocean waves and sends spray into the air.

The Byodo-In Temple, a Buddhist temple in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, was dedicated in 1968 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaiʻi.

Increasingly, native Hawai'ian ancient and sacred sites are being reclaimed.

Viewers perch on the dangerous cliffs to see the Spitting Cave.

 

The Leeward (west) side of Oahu is less developed with picturesque towns, remote beaches and rural landscapes. Kaena Point is Oahu's western-most point.

The town of Hale'iwa features plantation era buildings and access to pretty beach parks and North Shore attractions.

The North Shore features areas of high surf such as the Ehukai bonsai pipeline.

 

 

 

The Polynesian Cultural Center features performances, cuisine and model villages from Tonga, Tahiti, Hawai'i, Samoa, Fiji and Aotearoa (New Zealand Maori).
 

The old Waialua sugar mill now houses an interpretive centre, restaurant and shop.

The Dole Pineapple plantation offers guided tours which explain how pineapples are grown and processed.

He'eia state park features a botanical garden and the only remaining traditional Hawai'ian fishing lagoon.

In every public and state park there were encampments of homeless people.

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This site was last updated 03/04/19