Southeast Oahu Self-Guided Tour
Diamond Head to Makapuu Point
This tour of the southeast coast of the island of Oahu
in Hawaii begins just east of the Outrigger Canoe Club
on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach, and it ends
at Makapuu Point.
Kaluahole Beach is a steep, narrow, 300 foot, pocket beach
lined with private homes that is located between
Outrigger Canoe Club Beach and Makalei Beach Park.
Na Laau Hawaii Arboretum
The Na Laau Hawaii Aboretum is located in the hills above Kaluahole
Beach and Makalei Park, within the perimeter of Diamond Head
State Monument. At one time, both ends of the trail through
the aboretum were marked with "no trespassing" signs, and this
might still be true.
The shoreline of this tiny park is a seawall but there
is a small sandy area on the west end. Facilities
include picnic tables and showers. Access point for
several popular surfing spots.
Leahi Beach Park
The shoreline of the
park is a seawall, and there are really no
facilities there, but landscaping and a gazebo
make it a popular spot for weddings
Diamond Head Lighthouse
This whitewashed lighthouse on the lower slopes
of Diamond Head Crater is on the United States
National Register of Historic Places.
Diamond Head Beach Park
This is a long narrow beach with offshore tidepools
located at the end of a long paved path that begins
just northeast of the Diamond Head Lighthouse.
Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park
Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park includes eleven acres
of undeveloped seacliffs, three drive-in lookouts,
and a narrow, sandy beach at the bottom of a paved
Diamond Head Road Lookouts
There are three beautiful lookout areas on Diamond Head Road,
and at one of them there is a monument to honor
Amelia Earhart's successful January 1935 solo flight from
Honolulu to Oakland, California.
Diamond Head Crater
One of the most popular visitor activities
on Oahu is hiking to the top of Diamond Head,
a 760 foot extinct volcanic cone and United
States National Landmark. There are many steps
to climb on this hike, but the panoramic view
at the makes it all worthwhile.
The Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater is Le'ahi.
A secluded spot that is popular with surfers.
Also known as "Black Point".
An upscale residential neighborhood.
The Kahala Hotel was built on Kahala Beach in 1964,
and at that time the hotel was called the Kahala Hilton Hotel.
In 1990 it was sold and became the Kahala Mandarin Hotel,
and in 2006 the hotel became known as simply the Kahala Hotel.
Waialae Beach Park
Waialae Country Club and Golf Course
Wailupe Beach Park
Kawaikui Beach Park
Kawaikui Beach Park is a peaceful little park
with a narrow palm-lined beach, views of Coco Head and
Coco Crater, and a lovely lawn area with picnic tables.
Paiko Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Kuliouou Beach Park
This southeast Oahu residential area
was developed around the ancient Maunalua fishpond
and the wetlands area known as Kuapa (fishpond wall).
In 1959 the Koko Marina (Hawaii Kai Marina) was
created by dredging the wetlands, and in 1961 the
land was leased from the Bishop Estate to develop
a 521 acre residential community. Since that
time most of the surrounding area has also been
developed into residential communities.
Hawaii Kai Towne Center
Shopping complex in Hawaii Kai.
Hawaii Kai Marina
A private marina and boat harbor
located on the coast in Hawaii Kai.
The marina is for the use of local residents
A private small boatharbor in Hawaii Kai.
(are Hawaii Kai Marina and Koko Marina the same facility?)
Koko Marina Shopping Center
This shopping center in Hawaii Kai
has more then 60 specialty shops and
cafes, and an eight-screen movie theater.
It is located near the Koko Marina small boat
There are hiking trails to the rim on this crater,
and you can drive to stables and a botanical garden inside
the crater. There is also a small regional park
on the shore called Koko Head District Park.
Koko Kai Park
Koko Head Regional Park
Koko Crater View Point
This is the point on the west side of Hanauma Bay.
Hanauma Bay State Underwater Park
The beach park and nature preserve in sheltered
Hanauma Bay is the Oahu snorkeling spot most
frequented by visitors, and the view from the
parking lot above the park is famous around the world.
Kokohead Rifle Range
This is the point on the east side of Hanauma Bay.
Koko Crater is an extinct volcanic crater on the
south shore of Oahu, between Hanauma Bay and
Makapuu Point. Activities in the crater include
hiking, horseback riding, and strolling through
a botanical garden. Access to Koko Crater Trail
is on the west side of the crater, via Koko Head Park road near Hanauma Bay.
The access road to the inside of the crater
and the Botanical Garden is on the east side
of the crater.
This point is also known as "Bamboo Ridge"
Halona Cove Beach
There is a tiny but beautiful beach
in the curve of this black lava rock cove.
Halona Blow Hole
Sandy Beach Park
This large sandy beach has powerful waves, making
it unsafe for casual swimming most of the time. It
is a popular beach for bodysurfing and bodyboarding,
but only experts should try those sports at
Sandy Beach because of its rough surf and currents.
This beach is located just north of Sandy Beach
and it is a marshy area with sand dunes.
Hawaii.edu - Photo of Waimalu Beach Area
A Hike Along the Ka'iwi Coast
Saving Ka Iwi Was Only the First Step
Kalako Beach and Queen's Beach
The main highway does not go by these beaches.
You will need to access these beaches from
Wawamalu Beach or from Makapuu Point.
Hawaii Kai Golf Course
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
The road around this side of this island is called
the Kalaniaole Highway. One end of that highway
begins near Diamond Head, at the end thshore.html">
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