The Leeward Coast of O’ahu is located on the western side of the island, on the “lee” (coastal) side of the Waianae Mountain Range. Protected from rain, clouds, and wet weather by the mountains, the Leeward Coast is an area of sunny days, and hot, dry summers perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Here are the 10 best things to do on the Leeward Coast.
The Best Activities of the Leeward Coast
1. Hike to the sacred Kaena Point.
Considered to be one of the most sacred points on the island, Kaena Point is more than just a breathtakingly beautiful hike. Start at the Kaena Beach State Park and take the short hike to the lava rock shoreline along the point for some of the most spectacular Pacific views.
2. Visit Ko Olina Resort.
The spectacular Ko Olina has something for everyone. Four man-made lagoons provide plenty of calm swimming areas, while swaying palms offer lovely shade for relaxation. There’s also a jogging track connecting the lagoons, and even dining and entertainment, like the Paradise Cove Luau. It’s also home to the Disney Aulani Resort, the Four Seasons Resort, and the Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort.
3. Discover a secluded beach.
Sure, Ko Olina is beautiful… but it’s also popular. Take some time to visit the less-explored places on the island, like the private Pokai Bay Beach Park, which offers protected waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling, White Plains Beach Park, which features views of Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head, along with white sand, plenty of shade, and some barbecue areas, and Papaoneone Beach, a truly secluded slice of rich turquoise waters and sandy shoreline.
4. Do some underwater exploration with a snorkel or scuba.
One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of Hawaii is with a mask and snorkel (or full scuba gear). Really get a glimpse of the unique and vivid flora and fauna from one of the island’s best snorkeling spots, like Kahe Point on Electric Beach, or even one of the area’s more popular or protected beaches.
5. Surf the waves—big or small.
Whether you’re a novice boarder or a seasoned pro, you can find a spot that’s perfect for your skill level. Summer brings quieter waters to the coast, but you can find protected waters all year round in areas like Pokai Bay Beach. Some of the top winter surfing spots in the area include Yokohama Bay and Makaha Beach Park, which also hosts the popular Big Board Surfing Classic every winter.
6. Explore the shops and restaurants of Kapolei.
The burgeoning and fast-growing Kapolei is quickly becoming one of O’ahu’s most noted new cities—and one of its most popular places to buy a home. Why’s that? Because there’s so much to do! From shopping and dining at the Kapolei Shopping Center and Kapolei Village to movie theaters, local parks, and even nightlife, Kapolei has something for everyone to enjoy!
7. Spend a day at the Hawaii Wet’n’Wild water park.
8. Pay your respects at Pearl Harbor.
A visit (or even a relocation) to O’ahu isn’t complete without a trip to the historic Pearl Harbor. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial to pay your respects, then discover some history at the USS Missouri or the Pacific Aviation Museum.
9. Check out an event at Aloha Stadium.
Sports, sports, and more sports! Football, soccer, baseball, boxing—Aloha Stadium is a must-see for all sports fans. But it’s not JUST for sports fans. There are also plenty of fun events at the Stadium, like the famous Swap Meets.
10. Discover the rich history of O’ahu at Hawaii’s Plantation Village.
Discover the vibrant history and colorful cultures that shaped the island that exists today at the Plantation Village. This living history museum tells the story of Hawaii’s sugar plantations—and the island itself.
Ready to Come Explore the Leeward Coast for Yourself?
Thinking of relocating to Leeward O’ahu? Then it’s time to contact RE/MAX Honolulu! As your local guides to the real estate and lifestyle of O’ahu, we’re here to help you explore the area, discover its cities, uncover its fabulous neighborhoods, and truly find the perfect place to call home.