Kailua, Hawaii

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Trips and Tours in Kailua, Hawaii

Hawaii Outdoors Adventures Photography Tour of Kialua Beach in Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii Outdoors Adventures Photography Tour of Kailua Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu’s “Kailua” in Hawaii, means “two seas” or “two currents,” and is named after either the two lagoons located on the island or the two currents that run through Kailua Bay. Steady trade winds make Kailua Beach a great windsurfing and kite-flying destination. Kailua Beach Park features pristine white sand and views of the offshore island known as Moko nui or “two islands.”

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Watching the Sunset in Kailua, Hawaii
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Watching the Sunset in Kailua, Hawaii

Places of note in Kailua include Kailua Beach Park, Lanikai BeachKawai Nui MarshMaunawili Falls, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. It was home to Obamas winter white house and also of the famous South African businessman Ridwan Karrim. Many ancient temple ruins, such as those at Ulupo Heiau State Historic Site, are in the area.

Kailua’s Beach is crescent-shaped, about 2.5 miles long, and ranges between 50 and 150 feet wide. The ocean bottom fronting the beach slopes gently to overhead depths without any coral heads.

Light to medium waves support surfing and bodysurfing. The steady trade winds make Kailua Beach a top windsurfing and kitesurfing destination. Robby Naish, first World Champion of windsurfing and Professional Windsurfers Association Hall of Fame inductee, grew up in Kailua.

Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) to the protected seabird sanctuaries Flat Island and the Nā Mokulua, popularly known as “the Mokes,”have become increasingly popular water activities at the beach.

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Waipahu, Hawaii

Best Hawaii Outdoor Adventures,
Trips and Tours in Waipahu, Hawaii

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures, Tours and Trips in Waipahu, Hawaii
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures, Tours and Trips in Waipahu, Hawaii

Waipahu is the name of an artesian springIn Hawaiian, Waipahu is derived from wai, meaning water, and pahū, meaning “burst or explode”; combined, Waipahu means “water forced up (as out of a spring).”

The early Native Hawaiians took pleasure in the cool and clear water gushing from the ground and named this spring Waipahu. Before the Western civilization set foot in Hawaii, the Hawaiians considered Waipahu to be the capital of Oahu. Royalty in the Kingdom of Hawaii would often gather and enjoy the fresh water from the spring Waipahu.

In 1897, Oahu Sugar Company was incorporated, and its board of directors located the sugar mill in Waipahu, but was forced to shut down plantation operations after the 1995 harvest.

In 1973, the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawai’i purchased 40 acres opposite the Waipahu sugar mill to establish the Waipahu Cultural and Garden Park. The park is known today as the Hawai’i Plantation Village, which is a living history museum located in Waipahu.

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Kapolei, Hawaii

Best Hawaii Outdoor Adventures,
Trips and Tours Near Kapolei, Hawaii

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures in Kapolei, Hawaii
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures, Tours and Trips in Kapolei, Hawaii

Kapolei is a master-planned community in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States, on the island of Oahu. It is colloquially known as the “second city” of Oahu, in relation to Honolulu.

The community takes its name from a volcanic conePuʻu o Kapolei. In the Hawaiian languagepuʻu means “hill” and Kapo lei means “beloved Kapo”. According to legend, Kapo, Goddess of Fertility was sister to Pele, Goddess of Fire and Nāmaka, Goddess of the Sea.

Much of the land is part of the estate of industrialist, James Campbell. Kapolei’s major developer is Kapolei Property Development, a subsidiary of James Campbell Company. Kapolei sits primarily upon former sugarcane and pineapple fields.

Kapolei is quickly becoming the second urban center of Oahu, Hawaii’s most densely populated island. Much of Oahu’s future population growth is projected for the Kapolei area, ʻEwa Plain, and southern slopes of the island’s central valley, between Waipahu near Pearl Harbor and Wahiawa near the island’s center.

Kapolei is located at the southern end of the slopes of the Waiʻanae mountain near the neighborhood of Makakilo. It is located on the ʻEwa Plain approximately 25 miles (40 km) from Honolulu. The Interstate H-1 freeway divides more recently developed Kapolei from Makakilo, and traveling eastward on H-1 connects to Waipahu. In the other direction, the freeway ends about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Kapolei, merging into Farrington Highway (State Route 93) to Kahe and then to Nānākuli on the Wai‘anae Coast. Traveling eastward on Farrington Highway connects to Honouliuli. Exit 1 on H-1 is Kalaeloa Boulevard, the entrance to Barbers Point and Campbell Industrial Park. Less than 1 mile beyond (west of) the merge of H-1 and Farrington Highway is an off ramp and overcrossing to the West Oahu resort area of Ko Olina.

To the south, Renton Road connects Kapolei to Kalaeloa and, further east, to ‘Ewa Villages.

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Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Touring the Black Sand Beaches of Hana

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Touring the Black Sand Beaches of Hana in Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Touring the Black Beaches of Hana in Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Touring the Black Sand Beaches of Hana in Maui, Hawaii

Hana continues to be lag lazily behind the tempo of modernity and everyone in Hana is perfectly ok with the laid back lifestyle. It is often called Hawaii’s most Hawaiian town.

The road to Hana is notoriously twisting, turning and narrow, but driving slow allows everyone on the ride to enjoy the luscious tropical rain forest and numerous waterfalls along the way. It is one of the earth’s rainiest coasts.

Hana’s remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline and black sandy beaches offer solitude and a much needed relief from busy urban lifestyle.

But remember, black absorbs heat very well and if you walk across a black sand beach on a 90-degree afternoon when the sun is shining bright, you will wish you were wearing water socks.

Hana offers lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hardy family hiking adventures along the ancient Hawaiian coastal trail.

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Touring the Black Beaches on the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Touring the Black Sand Beaches on the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii

Hana offers excellent opportunities to view seabird colonies and anchialine pools. Other features include lust native hala tropical forest, legendary caves, heiau (religious temple), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and small black sand beach.

Cool Places to Stop on the Road to Hana:

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Hawaii Outdoor Adventures on the North Shore’s Turtle Beach

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Basking with Sea Turtles on the North Shore’s Turtle Beach near Kahuku Point

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Basking with Sea Turtles on the North Shore's Turtle Beach near Kahuku Point
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures with Sea Turtles on the North Shore’s Turtle Beach at Laniakea Beach

Laniakea Beach on Oahu’s North Shore is a haven for green sea turtles. That’s how it got the nickname “Turtle Beach.” It is not uncommon to find green sea turtles swimming in and around reefs in many places around Oahu, but at Turtle Beach, the animals come out of the water and make the sandy beach their own point of rest and refuge.

Sea turtles, also known as “Honu,” are some of the most beautiful and fun marine life creatures in the ocean. You’ll definitely want to see them while on your Hawaiian vacation in Oahu, so pack your snorkel, waterproof camera, and eco friendly sunscreen and get out there and enjoy the sights of these green Honu beauties!

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Basking with Sea Turtles on the North Shore's Turtle Beach near Kahuku Point
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Basking with Sea Turtles on the North Shore’s Turtle Beach near Kahuku Point

Be careful. Don’t confuse Turtle Bay with Laniakea Beach. Turtle Bay is a resort on the north shore of Oahu. Sometimes you can see turtles there, but on Laniakea Beach, commonly known as Turtle Beach, is the place where the turtles really like to go to take a break from swimming and feeding to get some rest and bask in the warm sunshine.

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Basking with Sea Turtles on the North Shore's Turtle Beach near Kahuku Point
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Basking with Sea Turtles on the North Shore’s Turtle Beach

When the surf is low, the turtles haul themselves out of the ocean and find a spot on the sand to warm up. Turtles are reptiles and like to warm their bodies with external heat sources, in this case the sun. The surf on the North Shore is much quieter during summer, so your chance of finding basking turtles increases.

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Hawaii Outdoor Adventures at Ala Moana Regional Park in Hawaii

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures at Ala Moana Regional Park between Waikiki Beach and Honolulu on Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures at Ala Moana Regional Park between Waikiki Beach and Honolulu on Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii Outdoor Adventures at Ala Moana Regional Park between Waikiki Beach and Honolulu

Ala Moana Beach Park is a free public park on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. This 100-acre park has a wide gold-sand beach that is over a half-mile long. It is a man-made beach and was created by the owner of the Dillingham Dredging Company, who was looking for a place to dispose of his dredged sand, which was dumped at location  in the 1950’s, thus creating the the Ala Moana Beach.

The water is almost always calm because the beach is protected by an outer reef. This makes it a good spot for long-distance swimmers and small children. There is a 25-foot-deep swimming channel and a former boat channel that was dredged out of the reef.

Ala Moana’s ocean bottom drops quickly, so novice swimmers should use caution. Big grassy areas, banyans and palm trees make the park a good place to picnic, barbecue, play all kinds of ball games or go running. There are lifeguards, showers, restrooms, phones, tennis courts, picnic tables, food concessions and a music pavilion. Ala Moana Beach Park is a favorite among Honolulu residents. It is right next to “Magic Island” where many cultural events are held.

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Hawaii Outdoor Adventures at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu, in Hawaii

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii at Night with City Lights on the Beach
Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii at Night with City Lights on the Beach

Waikīkī or Waikiki Beach is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu on the south shore of the island of Oʻahu in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The name Waikīkī means “spouting fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, for springs and streams that fed wetlands that once separated Waikīkī from the island’s interior.

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Looking Towards Diamond Head in Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Looking Towards Diamond Head in Oahu, Hawaii

Waikiki is most famous for Waikīkī Beach, but it is just one of six beaches in the district, the other popular beaches in the area include Queen’s Beach, Kuhio Beach, Gray’s Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach and Kahanamoku Beach.

The area is also home home to other tourism spots such as Kapiʻolani ParkFort DeRussyKahanamoku LagoonKūhiō Beach Park, and Ala Wai Harbor.

One of the most popular vacation spots in Hawaii, Waikiki Beach is the home to many large international resort hotels, such as the Hilton Hawaiian VillageHalekulani, Hyatt Regency Waikīkī, Marriott WaikikiSheraton Waikīkī, and historic hotels dating back to the early 20th century such as the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Each year tourists from all over the world flock here to attend surf competitions, outdoor performances, hula dancing and outrigger canoe races.

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Hawaii Outdoor Adventures at the Kualoa Ranch in Oahu

Hawaii Outdoor Adventures Offers ATV Rides, Horseback Riding, Catamaran Ocean Voyage and Three Different Theme Park Tours

Kualoa Ranch is a huge breathtaking, 4,000-acre ranch on the windward side of Oahu, north of Kane’ohe and offers many different activities including:

Kualoa Ranch Activities:

  • ATV Rides – One of Oahu’s best ATV outdoor adventure rides will let guests drive through numerous famous movie set locations while crossing streams and driving down rugged dirt roads that lead to fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and deep into Kualoa’s national forests.
    https://youtu.be/YJcsekDhlG0
  • Horseback Rides – One of Oahu’s best horseback riding outdoor adventures, guests will be able to ride horses through the Ka’a’awa Valley where Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates and Lost were filmed among the amazing views of the Kualoa Mountains, Pacific Ocean and World War II bunkers located throughout the forest.
    https://youtu.be/2i0dQ-iy5vQ

Kualoa Ranch Beaches:

  • Secret Island Beach – The Secret Island Beach beach tour offers guests fun activities such as beach volleyball, canoe riding, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, table tennis, horseshoes or justing lounging in a swaying hammock under a palm tree overlooking the beach.
    https://youtu.be/ptvu63kn9DM

Kualoa Ranch Outdoor Adventure Tours:

  • Catamaran Ocean Voyage Tour – The Ocean Voyage Tour takes guests on a catamaran voyage for spectacular views of Hakipu’u, Kualoa and the Ko’olau mountains as well as the famous and iconic Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat) and Hokule’a Beach
    https://youtu.be/2NZ7VSxawRM
  • Fishpond & Tropical Garden Tour – Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond & Tropical Garden Tour takes guests through one of Oahu’s most well preserved ancient Hawaiian 153-acred fishponds (Moli’i), which are carbon dated at between 800 and 1000 years old. The tropical garden provides beautiful landscapes and the true laid-back tranquility of Hawaii.
    https://youtu.be/e5qVPI4rAqw
  • Hollywood Movie Sites & Ranch Tour –  This tour guests a chance to see  the production sets where numerous movies and TV shows have been made including Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Kong Skull Island, Godzilla, 50 First Dates, LOST, Hawaii Five-0 and more.
    https://youtu.be/gMtTHXCEN7s
  • Jungle Expedition Adventure Tour – This trip covers the same ground as the ATV rides, horseback trips and other tours, but guests are transported in large jungle vehicles that rumbles through the Hawaiian rainforest along jungle trails, through isolated stream beds and through beautiful luscious green hill sides and an 800-year-old ancient Hawaiian fishpond.
    https://youtu.be/25auh5Ehs_s

 

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