Located near the Diamond Head State Monument, Kahala, which means Amberjack Fish, used to be known as Waialae. Come visit this flatland area, once a pig farming community, now an upscale neighborhood. From shopping and dining, water sports and swimming with the dolphins, Kahala has an amazing array of activities and sights for you. Come to relax or come for the adventures.
For a great mall shopping experience, including a theater and Whole Foods shop, come to Kahala Mall. From boutiques and department stores, to specialty eats and dine in and carry out meals, this mall has you covered. It also serves as a route stop on the bus line, if you are needing to get around. More shopping awaits you if you would prefer to travel up to Waikiki, about 12 minutes by car away. Waikiki is known for its upscale shopping experience.
KCC Farmer’s Market
Grab some reusable shopping bags and get up early on a Saturday to visit the KCC Farmer’s Market. No need for coffee or breakfast first, come hungry and grab a coffee while you shop. Open to the public at 7:30am, parking gets crowded after 9, so you will want to arrive early. Buy some fresh produce, taste all the fresh baked goods and delicious treats the market has to offer. Take home some fresh honey with your produce and seafood. If you need, you can grab an Uber or Lyft from Waikiki or the Kahala Mall to the Farmer’s Market.
For the experienced hiker who is not afraid of a moderate to difficult trail, head on over to Mau’umae Trailhead. Explore the 10.6 kilometer out and back trail. This is a difficult but rewarding hike. At the top you are rewarded with spectacular views below. The first peak is only about two and a half miles into the hike, and also will reward you with amazing views, if you are short on time or need something shorter.
Diamond head Crater Hike
Once used as a military post for preventing attacks on Hawaii, you can now enjoy the same views at the top of this 1.6 mile round trip moderately rated hike. The summit affords you panoramic scenic views of the ocean, Waikiki, and the surrounding areas below. Standing on the edge of a 300,000 year old crater will take your breath away. Absolutely stunning. It only takes about an hour to reach the top and be rewarded for your efforts. This is a must do hike if you are able.
When you have had your fill of hiking and shopping, head to the beach to relax. There is no shortage of beaches in the area for you to enjoy, here are a few very close for you. Kahala beach is the biggest and closest. Black Point beach is just up the way and more secluded. Cromwell’s beach just a little bit further has more locals, less tourists, and is more secluded than Kahala.
Situated very near Kahala, about six minutes away, you will find the extraordinary Dolphin Quest Experience. If you have ever dreamed of swimming with the dolphins, this is where you need to come! Book your experience before you go, so you are sure to have the time of your life.
Wai’alea Country Club
Golfers will take delight in this course so close to Kahala. This is a private course featuring three sets of tees. The fairways and greens are Bermuda Grass. Come enjoy this good walk spoiled.
Since you are only a few miles from Waikiki, making the approximately twelve minute trip up there for a day should be on your agenda. Feel the legendary white Waikiki sands on your feet, enjoy upscale boutique shopping, and dining experiences. While you are in Waikiki, visit the Aquarium! Not far away is the Honolulu Zoo, should you want to explore it while you are in Waikiki.