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Set beneath the towering green slopes of the Koolau Mountains, the Windward side offers a scenic alternative to Waikiki, with its dramatic ocean views, quiet beaches and off-the-beaten-path attractions.

Take a short drive from Waikiki and Honolulu over the mountainous Pali Highway. Be sure to stop at the historic Nuuanu Pali Lookout for breathtaking views. You'll notice immediately how much this side of the island is wetter and greener than the Leeward Coast. In the shadow of these 2,000-foot Koolau mountain peaks, the Windward side features a laid-back atmosphere perfect for ocean lovers. Whether you're kayaking off of Kailua Beach or body surfing in the waves of Waimanalo Beach, Kailua is a place to relax and enjoy the sea.

Other attractions include the Kualoa Ranch, for horseback riding and movie tours, the serene Valley of the Temples, home to an amazing Japanese Buddhist Temple, as well as the Makapuu Lighthouse and Sea Life Park on Oahu's eastern tip. To see Oahu like you've never seen it before, getaway to the Windward Coast.

Windward Coast, Oahu Highlight:

  • Kailua Beach Park, Oahu - Kailua Beach Park overlooks Kaneohe Bay and the Mokulua Islands and is a great spot for kayaking, windsurfing and other water sports. Learn More
  • Makapuu Point Lighthouse, Oahu - Hike to this scenic point on Oahu's eastern most tip for incredible views and whale watching during the winter. Learn More
  • Valley of the Temples, Oahu - Valley of the Temples Memorial Park houses Byodo-in, a replica of a Japanese Buddhist Temple. Learn More