OAHU, The Gathering Place, is the third largest Hawaiian island and home to
Honolulu, the state capitol. Honolulu was proclaimed the state capitol by King Kamehameha III in 1850 and began operating in 1905 as the
Oahu before being renamed the City and
Honolulu in 1907. It is the only American city founded by a monarch or ruler and is the site of the only palace in the
United States. The city and
Honolulu encompasses all of
Oahu and is governed by an elected mayor and nine city council members each representing a specific geographic district on the island.
These districts are grouped together under larger regions commonly referred to as: Honolulu, East Oahu, Windward,
Shore, Leeward and Central. Within these regions are various towns, communities and neighborhoods each with their own distinctive characteristics. According to the 2000 census
Oahu had a population of 876,156, which at the time represented approximately 72 percent of the people of the state. The 2000 census also shows there was a total of 460,542 housing units in the state. Today,
Honolulu’s median resale value for a single family home is $630,000 and $330,000 for a condominium.
When planning a trip around the island it can be useful to know that the local residents have a special language for indicating direction. For example, mauka [m-ow-ka] is toward the mountains, makai [ma-k-aye] is toward the sea, Ewa [w is usually pronounced as "v"] is in the direction of Ewa town, Diamond Head is toward that famous Waikiki landmark, and Koko Head is toward the location of that crater which is location out next to Hanauma Bay.
There are two mountain ranges that divide the island, the Koolau and Waianae mountain ranges. The highest peak of the Koolaus is the Pali. The Pali lookout offers wonderful views of Kailua,
Kaneohe and the Windward coast. Take the Pali highway from
Honolulu and watch for the signs.
Lake District (Area 2)
Moanalua is an established community of single-family homes situated in either the valley or along the hillside.
Village has two recreation centers, each with its own swimming pool and playground equipment. Nearby are Aloha Stadium, a large retail discount shopping center and
Lake is only a ghost of its former self; it was filled for land development and a golf course. The community is predominately medium to high-rise condominiums with some single-family homes surrounding the golf course. All of these communities are within a short distance of the airport, Hickam Air Force Base, the downtown business district, and the Pearl Harbor Navy Base.
Downtown / Nuuanu District (Area 1)
There are several condominiums on the edge of town near
Chinatown and one in the heart of the business district. Most of these condominiums offer mountain or ocean views. The slopes and hillsides of Nuuanu have older single-family homes, some with city views and most on lots of 5,000 to 8,000 sq. ft. Several large estates can be found on the lush hills of Nuuanu and
Heights offering panoramic city and ocean views. A handful of quality condominiums as well as eateries, private and public schools, churches and hospital abound in the area. The consulate homes of Japan, China, Korea and the
Philippines can also be found in the Nuuanu area.
Ala Moana / Kakaako District (Area 1)
Ala Moana is at the edge of the
Waikiki district and therefore attracts a large number of visitors. Luxury and high-end apartments are found here, many with spectacular ocean, park, and city views. Residents can enjoy the walking convenience to Ala Moana Center Oahu’s largest regional shopping center;
Park, a boat harbor, restaurants and megaplexes. Surrounding communities are Kapiolani, Ward, and Kinau. There are a few pockets of older single-family homes here but residences are primarily low rise and high-rise condominiums. Kakaako, close to Downtown Honolulu, was mostly industrial, however in recent years the re-development of Kakaako with planned parks, the new medical school and bio-medical center, condominiums and multi-use living projects well underway.
Makiki / Manoa District (Area 2)
Makiki is another popular choice for those wanting a short commute to downtown Honolulu, Waikiki, and the
Hawaii. The low land area of Makiki is predominately condominium with a few single family homes mixed in. Choices of condominium styles (walk-up, low rise, high rise) abound and so does the price range. The hillside neighborhoods of
Heights and Tantalus have single-family homes in the higher price range. Quite a few public and private schools, two hospitals and churches are found in the area. Part of Manoa’s appeal is its tree-lined streets with traditional and New
England style architecture. Manoa extends deep into the lush valley from which emerges another desirable neighborhood, Woodlawn. As its name implies, this section is woodsy and the homes are often set amidst green lawns. This area is home to several restaurants, grocers and neighborhood shopping centers. The
Hawaii is in the lower section of Manoa, but it too gets frequent Manoa shower mists that come, even under sunny skies.
Waikiki District (Area 2)
This world famous beach resort is only 2 miles long but it is the center of the state’s billion-dollar tourist industry. There is a high concentration of movie theaters, nightlife, restaurants and hotels. It is a densely populated condominium area but many of the residential type buildings are as pleasant and quiet as you’ll find elsewhere. The busier condominiums are those in which hotel operations or short-term rentals are permitted. This is the one district where rentals can be obtained fully furnished, down to the plates and linen. A quieter end of Waikiki is near
Park and the slopes of
Diamond Head crater, a tree-lined area often referred to as the Gold Coast. Oceanfront or ocean view apartments are at a premium here. A number of the buildings are cooperatives rather than condominiums.
Kaimuki District (Area 3)
Kaimuki, located mainly on the slopes of
Diamond Head, is an older established area particularly appealing to residents whose families have lived there for generations. Its residential and business community is over 100 years old. The majority of single-family properties are at least 5,000 sq. ft with some properties subdivided into areas as small as 2,400 sq. ft. Chaminade University (private), neighborhood shopping centers, restaurants, private and public schools, parks and grocers service the needs of the population. Although the elevation is high in these hillsides they are generally sunny and dry. Nearby in the arid neighborhoods of
Heights, Wilhelmina Rise and
Heights you’ll find a mixed style of older and newer homes, many with city and ocean views.
Waialae / Kahala District (Area 3)
Kahala takes on the look of a nicely defined suburb with regional shopping center Kahala Mall and the Kahala Mandarin Hotel (formerly the Kahala Hilton). The lots in Waialae average 7,000 to 8,000 sq. ft. Many of the 10,000 sq. ft. and larger lot homes in the area have swimming pools, wider streets, deeper front lawns and have consistently been on the higher end of
Oahu’s price scale. The beachfront properties of Kahala,
Diamond Head, and Black Point are some of the most expensive in the nation. For those desiring more view, there is the hillside neighborhood of executive homes called Waialae Iki. Other options are the golf course homes in the Kai Nani area and the homes on a peninsula called Wailupe. Other residential alternatives for the area are two high-rise condominiums and four nearby townhouse projects.
Hawaii Loa Ridge District (Area 3)
Hawaii Loa Ridge is an exclusive, gated hillside community of large homes offering buyers a community clubhouse and tennis courts. Many have spectacular views of the ocean,
Diamond Head crater to the west or Koko Head crater in the east because the developer established protected view corridors for the lots. All the custom homes must first obtain the approval of the developer’s review board and meet their minimum requirements. Within this gated community is another newer gated community, The Pointe. These are premier view lots on the west slope and residents have part ownership of the elegant Pointe Club clubhouse.
Hawaii Kai / Portlock District (Area 3)
Hawaii Kai itself is a master planned community begun in the 1960s by the renowned American industrialist, Henry J. Kaiser. Once regarded as a “country area” for farmers, Hawaii Kai has become one of the premier suburbs of
Oahu. The variety of housing styles and price ranges appeals to a diverse group of residents. It’s about 12 miles from downtown
Honolulu with easy access to the H-1 Freeway. It is close to Kahala and Kaimuki neighborhoods on one end and to Waimanalo and
Kailua on the other end. The Hawaii Kai community enjoys a good variety of beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, movie theaters and restaurants. In fact, other popular community-based businesses and services such as supermarkets, fitness centers, playgrounds, medical facilities and dry cleaners are located in Hawaii Kai so residents do not have to go far for their day-to-day needs. For recreation, the many wide streets encourage biking and jogging. Nearby is Sandy Beach for experienced body surfers;
Bay, a nature preserve; and
Bay for water skiing, boating, or canoe paddling. The single-family homes are in a variety of price ranges but generally begin above the affordable range for
Oahu. The Hawaii Kai high-rise condominiums have commanded higher prices than condominiums in other
Oahu regions. The Portlock district offers premium luxury beachfront homes.
Oahu Neighborhoods - Windward
Waimanalo to Kahaluu (Area 4)
Waimanalo is one of
Oahu's rural farming and agricultural areas. The base of the mountain is populated by Horse Ranches and Nurseries. The homes in Waimanalo range from tightly packed neighborhoods to 1 to 6 acre estates. The beaches of Waimanalo are among the best in the world. White sand and smooth sandy bottoms make these beaches a favorite for locals gathering for BBQs on the weekends and on holidays.
Kailua is located in Windward Oahu in the judicial district and the ahupua'a named Ko'olaupoko. [ Ahupua'a are the land divisions of old
Hawai'i from the mountain top to the sea. Just think of a Spoked Bicycle Wheel and you will have the right picture in mind.] It is located 12 miles northeast of
Honolulu - over the Nu'uanu Pali, tallest mountain peak in the Ko'olau mountain range. The town is a typical suburb spawned by post-war development and improved highways bringing thousands home from their workplaces in
Honolulu. Many small businesses and community organizations support this unique town with its beautiful, protected beaches, Kaiwanui Marsh, and
Lake. With the addition of the H-3 to the Pali Highwayand the Like Like, access to downtown
Honolulu and the airport area is much improved.
Historians and researchers believe that it is possible that
Kailua was home to Hawaiian families at least 1,500 years ago. The earliest settlers are thought to have lived fished and played on the slopes surrounding Kawainui Marsh. In the 16th century,
Kailua attracted the ali'i giving birth to many rich Hawaiian legends. Many legends were born here including the menehune who were known for working at night in Kaiwainui Marsh and mo'o who took the shape of a large lizard that attracted fish.
Kailua was densely populated before the arrival of Captain Cook and was the ancient capital of O'ahu's kings. The biggest event in Kailua and the entire Windward side was in 1795 when King Kamehameha I conquered O'ahu in his quest to unite the
Hawaiian Islands. The King granted Kaiwainui Marsh and old
Kailua, which included large freshwater fish ponds and saltwater ponds at Mokapu, to the warriors and chiefs that had helped him. The land was used in various forms for agriculture from sugarcane to rice to taro and eventually was used primarily for cattle raising.
Kailua was a sleepy town of barely 3,000 in the 1940s. However, the events of World War II changed the appearance of
Kailua. Kaneohe Ranch sold portions of land to the government for expansion of the Navy base (now Marine Corps Base Hawaii) and the Army's
Hase. Finally in 1942, Kaneohe Ranch closed down its cattle raising operations entirely, freeing thousands of acres for post-war development. A new four-lane highway, tunneling through the Ko'olau Mountains, was completed in the late 1950s. In 1946, a small Liberty House (now Macy's) shop opened with three employees and upgraded to a full-line department store in 1953 with nearly 50 employees. The first bowling alley, a branch office of the telephone company, and the very first supermarket in Hawaii opened in
Kailua in 1947.
By the end of the 1950s, Hawaii had become a state and
Kailua became the official postal designation (previously known as Lanikai).
Hospital (now) opened in 1963. By 1960 the population was up to 24,400. The town has grown more than 100 percent since 1960 when its population was 24,402. It has a compact, easy-to-shop business district surrounded by mostly single-family homes. By 1992 50,000 residents encompassed a central urban core with surrounding residential areas. Kailua consists mainly of various neighborhoods of single family homes, although there are several condominiums in Kailua town and one upscale townhome complex in nearby
Natural Features Kailua is a place of much natural beauty. The most significant features of
Kailua are the bay, the mountains, and the wetlands.
Bay is a magnificent place symbolizing the regional quality of the community.
Beach and nearby Lanikai have been on the "
Beach" lists by several publishers for many years. Ka Wai Nui (the big water) Marsh, a natural wetland, provides habitat for many species of wildlife. The marsh was a center of life for early Kailuans. A huge saltwater wetland, it's peacefulness can be enjoyed on the hiking/biking pathway that wraps around its edge.
Olomana towers over every neighborhood in
Kailua. It's three peaks are it's significant feature and a challenge for the hardiest hikers.
They say if you like the beach you go to Kailua and if you like boats you go to
Kaneohe. With Kaneohe and
Kailua in such close proximity to each other; you can have both!! With the addition of the H-3 to the Pali Highway and Like Like, access to downtown
Honolulu, Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Hickam AFB and the airport area is much improved from the late 60s when these bedroom communities expanded to the suburbs they are today. From Marine Corps Base Hawai'i, Kaneohe, or Kailua to
Pearl Harbor or the airport travel time is approximately 20 minutes.
Kahaluu to Kahuku (Area 5)
Continuing around the island from Kaneohe on the Like Like and Kahakeli Highways, there is a scenic drive along the windward coast from Kahaluu to Kahuku on the way to the
Shore going through many beautiful areas on the way to the
Shore towns of Haleiwa and Waialua. But, if you're in a hurry and need to skip this scenic drive, take H-3 towards Wahiawa and go over the saddle road to Wailua and the
Shore. Try Haleiwa for great shave ice, surf shops, and restaurants. If it's winter, watch out for the high surf - spectacular to watch but stay off the beach.
The drive up the
Coast leading up to the
Shore looks like the
Hawaii people dream about. Here are the modern versions of the sleepy little beachside towns of old
Hawaii, with glorious mountains on one side and the unbelievably blue ocean on the other. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are tucked off the highway, un-crowded and unspoiled secrets off the tourist radar.
A former sugar plantation town, Kahuku still retains its warm-hearted plantation village personality. The old sugar mill is now a shopping center and the old plantation hospital is a modern medical facility. Today's townsfolk live in homey, modestly priced residences and turn out en masse for
High School athletics and activities. Look for the "Shrimp Truck" for a special treat of home-grown Kahuku prawns, and if the "yellow flag" is out at the corn stand up the road - get yourself some of the best sweet corn ever grown - you can eat it raw it's so ono [good]!
Originally a tiny Hawaiian fishing and taro farming village where folks lived in grass huts, Hauula is now a charming little community of affordable single-family residences and condos. A sandy procession of beach parks lines the makai (ocean) side; a new beach pavilion and the newly renovated
Shopping Center highlight the town.
Kaaawa / Punaluu
Right now, Punaluu is the tiniest community of them all, but it looks like growth is on the way. The
Pacific Ocean isn't the only thing lapping at these shores. Lots are on the market, developers are developing and a few fee simple homes are for sale in the middle to upper price range. alluring beach parks are mainly used by the few residents and vacation condo renters who are lucky enough to live in this divine place.
The legendary crouching lion rock formation and the Crouching Lion Inn mark the north end of Kaaawa. Otherwise, you might not know you've been through town. Here, the steep, green cliffs of the Koolaus allow barely enough room beside this coastline-hugging stretch of Kamehameha Highway for the neat affordable to mid-priced homes of Kaaawa. There are some really great views from the makai side homes and a nice flat beach leading to the wave break - perfect for kayaking!
The community of Laie is most renowned for its world-famous inhabitant: the 42-acre
Center, one of
Hawaii's most popular visitor attractions. The Center and Brigham Young University (BYU) are the main attractions of this largely Mormon community. The cozy community is home to slightly more than 5,500 people. Residences are in the medium-price ranges and are served by a newly expanded shopping center and the only movie theater and hotel in these parts.
Oahu Neighborhoods - Central Oahu
Area 12 Aiea/Pearlridge & Pearl City Districts
Aiea & Pearl City (Area 12)
These communities lie on the edge of the Leeward Region. Civilian and military personnel like the short commute between these communities and their jobs at Pearl Harbor Naval Base,
Smith, and Hickam Air Force Base. Military housing is available on most of the bases. Active and retired military use any one of several commissaries and exchanges nearby, a Navy/Marine golf course and clubs for enlisted men, officers and their families. Homes in these areas generally reflect the architecture of the 60s to the present. Aiea extends high up the hill to Aiea Height’s single-family homes and townhouses, which overlook the ocean,
Pearl Harbor, and the sunsets. At one time, a sugar processing plant operated in
Aiea. Pearlridge is one of Oahu’s largest condominium markets: the high-rise condominiums are within two blocks of regional shopping center Pearlridge and
Hospital. For those who prefer townhouses, an abundant number are located just beyond the high-rises. At the top of Pearlridge is a neighborhood of executive homes called The Royal Summit.
Pearl City is an older and larger community with several neighborhoods of single-family homes known as Pearl City Uplands, Waiau, Momilani, and Pacific Palisades. At the bottom of
Pearl City runs Kamehameha Highway where you’ll find a high concentration of strip malls, free standing stores and fast food outlets. A group of national retail discount stores have banded together in one of the first Oahu discount shopping centers in
Waikele District (Waikele is a nice neighborhood of Waipahu) (Area 10)
The beautifully landscaped master planned community of Waikele offers affordable homes. Buyers can select from a spectrum of golf course homes, townhouses and garden condominiums with bike paths, community parks, a golf course and a site for a future elementary school. The neighborhood is governed by covenants designed to preserve the quality of the area. The area offers eateries, and the island’s only retail factory outlet, The Waikele Premium Outlets. Residents and visitors flock to this retail outlet for substantial savings.
Royal Kunia District (This district is a Neighborhood of Waipahu) (Area 10)
The newest community in the region has a clubhouse and an 18-hole golf course that meanders throughout the project. The Vistas subdivision of homes is designed to take advantage of ocean, mountain, and ravine views. The Courtyard homes are sited around community green areas. Kulana Knolls are condominium town homes.
Mililani District (Area 7)
Close to both Wheeler and Scholfield, Mililani Shopping Center, and developed with families in mind. The communities in Mililani Mauka are well kept, clean, with lots of parks, a dog park, and wide side walks and roads. This community is realatively new with many being build in the earl 90's to present. Price ranges from mid $500,000 to in the millions.
The lower Mililani Area has homes that were built in the 70's and some are ready for face lifts. Mililani High School is one of the top ranked Public Highschools on the island and servcies the whole Mililani area.
Oahu’s first master planned community in central
Oahu began sales in 1968 and was the first to offer affordable housing. The community offers a wide range of housing from income-restricted condominium townhouses to more expensive, large, executive family homes. The elevation rises from 700 feet to 1000 feet above sea level. As a result, the temperature can range from a high of 82 in the summer to a low of 66 degrees. The Mililani community enjoys a good variety of lifestyle amenities, including three shopping centers, a golf course, and seven recreation centers. In fact, other popular community-based businesses and services such as supermarkets, fitness centers, medical facilities, restaurants and movie theaters are located in Mililani to serve the residents’ day-to-day needs. With access to both H-1 and H-2 and a saddle road to the
Shore access to
Honolulu is much improved.
Wahiawa District (Area 7)
The oldest community in the region has a long history of plantation life when sugar was king. Wahiawa is also the highest community on Oahu. This up country of Oahu is normally cooler than the lower areas of the island.
Wahiawa Heights provides a cool and breezy home. Many of the older homes have fire places. Large lots and mature fruit trees abound. This is old Hawaii when you go to Wahiawa Heights.
Oahu Neighborhoods - Leeward
Ewa District (Area 11)
Originally a plantation town, the quaint buildings of the original town center are being preserved for future generations. Newer neighborhoods have been built at the entrance to the Ewa area. The Ewa-Gentry subdivision began development in 1988 with the Soda Creek single-family home project and will eventually have a total of 8,000 units of single and multi-family projects. Palm Villa and Palm Court subdivisions are townhouses, some with grassy courtyards, and others with decks. All have detached parking stalls for each unit. The Arbors subdivision has larger townhouses that include attached garages and an attractive recreational center with a swimming pool for each large group of townhouses.
Sunrise is a 3-story condominium subdivision. Sun Terra project offers single-family homes with glass block windows and bay windows. Westloch is a master planned neighborhood with the emphasis on cul-de-sac streets to enhance neighborhood identity. Most houses are grouped in clusters around common courtyards and tot lots. The single-family homes were incorporated in 1988. Some of the homes were sponsored by the City to allow some families to purchase below the market price. Some of the houses border the
West Loch golf course. Two of the projects in this neighborhood are West Loch Fairways and West Loch Estates.
The City of Kapolei District (Area 11)
The second city of Oahu is part of a long-range plan by The Estate of James Campbell for lands located on the western coast of the
Oahu. It is a master-planned urban center in which people can live, work and play. The Kapolei region encompasses the state’s largest industrial park and second-busiest commercial harbor, a new business park and vacation resort area, residential developments, and telecommunications infrastructure. Kapolei’s new residential communities offer townhomes, and single-family start-up and move-up homes, to executive ocean-view and golf course homes with amenities such as marinas, golf courses, parks and community recreation centers. Private companies have developed the neighborhoods of Kapolei Knolls and Ocean Pointe and the community of Ewa by Gentry. The area also offers community shopping centers, the
Park, public schools, a private pre-school and elementary school, marina, hospital and a megaplex. Kapolei is also the home of Oahu's first Target Store. The University of Hawaii system is building it's West Oahu Campus in Kapolei as well.
Villages of Kapolei District (Area 11)
The Villages of Kapolei consist of eight privately developed residential villages, three schools, a senior housing center, a golf course, neighborhood parks and two recreation centers. Five of the villages have been built with three more planned for future development. The completed villages are named: Kumu Iki, A’eloa, Malanai, Kekuilani and Iwalani/Kulalani. Residents select from single family or condominium town homes. Buyers receive more for their money than for similar priced homes in the
Honolulu region. The new homes may have vaulted ceilings, quality fixtures and cabinetry, and the latest construction systems. Some of the units are designated as “affordable” (below market price) to allow buyers to purchase who would not otherwise be able to own a market priced home.
Makakilo District (Area 11)
This hillside community began in the early 1960s and today has more than 3,500 single family and townhouses. The upper slopes of Makakilo continue to be developed. Among the newer subdivisions are Royal Ridge (single family) and Westview at
Heights (townhouse). The residents of this hillside community enjoy panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and some views extend to
Diamond Head in the east.
Ko Olina District (This district is a neighborhood of Kapolei) (Area 11)
The site of a large resort modeled on the image of Kaanapali on the
Maui. The Fairways at Ko Olina is the first private townhouse project bordering the Ko Olina Resort’s championship golf course. Residents have access to four beautiful lagoons and miles of ocean frontage. The Ko Olina Resort features the luxurious Ihilani Resort & Spa, the popular Paradise Cove Luau, and Niblicks and Roy's Restaurant, all of which are popular gathering places for locals and visitors alike. The Mariott has also built several time share resorts here and Disney as purchased the right to build it's new family resort in this Ko'Olina area.
West Oahu District (Area 8)
Far west Oahu is a study in contrasts, nestled between the dry, craggy Waianae Mountains and the unspoiled blue
This was perfect for the first Hawaiians who sought shelter here over a thousand years ago. They felt that the majestic mountains provided a safe wall of isolation, allowing them to feed from the ocean and maintain an independent lifestyle.
All of the
Coast shares 20 miles of some of the island's most beautiful, unspoiled beaches. Certainly,
Oahu's best big-game fishing is off this coast. The Waianae Watershed consists of a 58.5 square-mile area west of the
Range from Nanakuli to Kaena Point. There are nine ahupuaa (mountain to the sea land divisions) within this watershed: Nanakuli, Lualualei, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau, Ohikilolo, Makua, Kahanahaiki, and Keawaula.
Coast homes, condos and apartments are in the affordable price range, although a few expensive homes with incredible ocean views dot the landscape. Investors have been buying up large lots and homes along this coast. They feel that every Hawaiian Island's Most Expensive Areas are alond the West Coasts because of the beaches and sunsets. On Oahu, this West Coast area is very under developed and great deals on properties are still very common.
Most Nanakuli residences are unpretentious 2- and 3-bedroom homes, about half owner-occupied and half affordable rentals. This good-hearted neighborhood is a beach picnic, backyard barbecue, potluck dinner kind of place. A word to the wise: If you ever get invited to a Nanakuli wedding or first-year baby luau, don't miss it. The festivities are legendary.
The community of Wai'anae is home to one of the most unusual healing centers in all of the islands. The
Center has served the area for 30 years, with a broad range of health and healing services deeply rooted in Hawaiian values. All Waianae communities are as inextricably linked to Hawaiian values as they are to the ocean.
The soul of the community of Makaha is celebrated in the richness of its progeny. Two of Makaha's finest were living legends until their untimely deaths in the late '90s. The Queen of Makaha, surfing sensation Rell Sunn, and
Israel (Bruddah Iz) Kamakawiwo'ole, lead singer of the Makaha Sons of Niihau, embodied the sweetness and spirit of this beautiful community.
Two golf courses and one of
Hawaii's restored heiaus are located in Makaha. For years, the Makaha International Surf Championship, one of the world's major surfing events was also held here.
Oahu Neighborhoods - North Shore
Waialua & Haleiwa (Area 6)
Waialua is a sleepy country town where life is much slower than the busy city life of
Honolulu. Most of the older homes are a Plantation Style and were actually used by old plantation workers. As you drive along, you may notice what looks like a much bigger home but in the same style of the smaller homes. That home was a Bosses or Luna's home. They are scattered throughout the community. You never know what you might find in Waialua. An old Country Store, an old Antique Shop that looks like the building should be in an Antique Shop, or a modern Soda Works. If you the chance to have a Waialua Soda Root Beer, your day will have been made!
Haleiwa is the Surf Capital of the world. It is a wonderful mix of old and new. With the opening of the by-pass road, it is now easy to miss this delightful town completely. But be sure to drive through and get a Shave Ice from Matsumoto's and sit on the front bench and just hang out! There are lots of little shops and restaurants to enjoy and the homes range from falling down old Hawaiian Shacks to Multi-Million Dollar Beach Front Estates. Just past Haleiwa on the way back around to Kaneohe, is
Bay and Sharks Cove. In the winter time the waves can get to be up to 40 feet +! Watching the bay close out is a rare sight and standing in the front of the rocks at Sharks Cove as 4 to 5 story wave CRASH on to the rocks is a moving experience. You can feel the vibration as the waves smash!