A 30-minute drive from Waikiki will transport you to verdant valleys and country landscapes. From Waimanalo to Kahaluu, the east side of Oahu offers a relaxed pace to take in Hawaii’s natural beauty. Along Pali Highway, between Honolulu and Kailua, is the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. This popular scenic spot offers spectacular views of the Koolau Mountains and Windward Coast. It also has a deep historical significance as this was the site where King Kamehameha I won the battle to unite all Hawaiian Islands under his rule.
From Kailua town, journey around the island towards the North Shore, with many interesting stops, like Hawaii’s most-seen location, Kualoa Ranch. The scenic valley from this family-owned ranch has been a backdrop for many movies and TV shows, including Jurassic Park and Lost. Adventure seekers can also enjoy ATV tours, horseback riding and ziplining.
Things to do in the Windward Coast include Byodo-In Template, Heeia State Park, Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens, Makapuu Beach, Mokolii ‘Chinaman’s Hat.’