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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
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.

Makalei Park
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 pedestrial walkway.

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.

Kaalawai Beach

Kupikipiko Point
A secluded spot that is popular with surfers. Also known as "Black Point".

Kahala
An upscale residential neighborhood.

Kahala Beach

Kahala Hotel
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

Wailupe Peninsula

Aina Haina

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.

Niu Beach

Niu Peninsula

Paiko Beach

Paiko Peninsula

Paiko Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary

Kuliouou Beach Park

Hawaii Kai
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.

Maunalua Bay

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 only.

Koko Marina
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 harbor.

Kokee Park

Koko Head
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

Portlock Point

Kawaihoa Point

Koko Head Regional Park

Koko Crater View Point

Paioluolu 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.

Palea Point

Kahauloa Cove

Kokohead Rifle Range

Molokai Lookout
This is the point on the east side of Hanauma Bay.

Lanai Lookout

Koko Crater
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.

Halona Point
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.

Wawamalu Beach
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

Kalama Valley

Kealakipapa Valley

Ka Iwi

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Makapuu Point

Makapuu Lookout

Makapuu Beach



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