Kaneohe, located on the windward coast of Oahu, means Bamboo Man in Hawaiian, and got its name from an ancient legend. A woman compared her husband’s cruelty to the sharp edge of cutting bamboo, and thus they named the area Kaneohe. Boasting some of the most beautiful and impressive views of the Ko’olau Mountain range. See for yourself, especially after a few hours of rain, the crags become a map of waterfalls.
Kaneohe Farmer’s Market
If you are looking for local produce, freshly baked goods, and even seafood, head to the Farmer’s Market inside Windward Mall. Open Wednesdays (2:30pm -7pm) and Sundays (9:45am-2pm). Find local honey, island inspired jams and jellies, and even fresh flowers here. You will love how the parking is easy. Rejoice, weather will never be cause to cancel the market as it is held inside the mall.
For all your mall shopping needs, as well as a movie theater, and dining options, Windward Mall has what you are looking for. From national brands to local boutiques, and the Farmer’s Market twice a week, we have something here for everyone. You can even bring the kids to the Got Funn play center for a change of pace.
While there is no good swimming along the eight mile long bay, you will find the views are spectacular and is popular for kayaking and boating. The bay is a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks. Thousands are born here every year, where they spend the first few months of their lives before swimming out to open waters. Another attraction here, is the Kaneohe Sandbar, a popular spot for a barbecue, if you have a boat. At the north end of the Bay you find Kualoa Regional Park. Here, you will find a spacious park and plenty of picnic tables. If you want to camp, you need a permit, but camping is permitted. This is also a great location to take your kayaks out and head to the island of Mokoli’i, about one third of a mile away.
When you are ready for “A Peaceful Refuge”, head to Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens to rest and recharge. Originally designed and built, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a flood protection for Kaneohe, you can enjoy these tropical plantings from regions around the world. Arranged geographically, you will appreciate these two hundred acres of botanical collections from nine tropical areas of the world. Add this to your list of inexpensive things to do in the area, as the parking and entrance to the gardens are both free.
Friendship Garden and Hike
If you are wanting an easier hike for the day, visit the Friendship Garden Loop. Less than a half mile around, suitable for all skill levels, kid friendly, and even leashed dog friendly; this hike offers ten acres of beautiful wildflowers, trees, birds, and solitude. You have an option for a more difficult hike, should you choose. The more difficult trail offers some great views from good heights. Parking can be a challenge, so you will want to read up on that and be prepared!
Likeke Falls Trailhead
When you are wanting a somewhat more challenging hike, grab your best hiking gear and head to Likeke Falls. Only .8 miles out and back hike to these beautiful falls. The trail is steeper and can be slippery in the rainy weather, so be prepared. This is a short hike, but worth it for the falls, you can even get wet in the little pool if you need to cool off.
If you enjoy golfing, Kaneohe has no less than three courses nearby for you to enjoy, plus a putt putt course.
Pali Golf Course
Situated along the foothills of the Koolau mountains, this challenging, yet picturesque course provides amazing views of the mountains and Kaneohe Bay.
Bayview Golf Course
Best known for helping you work your short game, come play the Bayview Golf Course and work on yours. Four sets of tees for different levels will ensure you have a game to match your skill.
Ko’olau Golf Club
This stunning course was carved out of a rainforest on the Ko’olau Mountain range, and considered one of the toughest courses in the nation. Named one of the top three golf clubs in Hawaii by Golf Digest, you will enjoy putting this feather in your golfing cap.
Bayview Mini Putt Putt and zipline
Offering thirty six holes of miniature golf on two eighteen hole courses and a four hundred foot dual zipline, enjoy your adventure here both on land and in the air!
Weather and Transportation
Average highs hit eighty six degrees in the hottest months, August and September. Temperatures stay in the low to mid eighties a full nine months of the year here. For the most part the temperature does not drop below seventy-five degrees any time of the year, and stays above eighty April through November. You will find Kaneohe to be the perfect temperature year round for your visit.
Renting a vehicle will afford you the most freedom of movement throughout Kaneohe, the neighboring areas, and all of Oahu. There is a bus line for all of Oahu that does come through Kaneohe and surrounding areas, should you prefer public transportation. You also have access to Uber, Lyft, and taxis as transport from the airport, as of February 1, 2019.