Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a great week. It’s almost the weekend and I’m so excited! Besides the scheduled baseball games that we need to attend, we really don’t have any plans. One thing I know I don’t want to do after going to a game on the other side of the mountain, is to go home and take another long drive. Maybe we’ll check out the mall or even catch a movie. Living on the Windward side we’re pretty limited on things to do when it comes to theme parks, big malls and big events. I thought this would be a great place to share just some of the things there are to do if you ever find yourself on the Windward Side of Oahu. So…. Here are just a few things to take into consideration.
If I could give one “must-do” in my opinion, it would be to start your day off by ordering out from Cinnamon’s Restaurant in Kailua (order out or you’re looking at, at least an hour wait) and having breakfast at Lanikai Beach. It’s so pretty in the morning and not crowded (on the weekdays). Here are some of my favorites from Cinnamon’s.
^^ The Crabcakes Eggs Benedict is my absolute fave!^^
^^ These guava chiffon pancakes are the perfect breakfast dessert^^
Now on to some other suggestions…
Hike the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
This really is a beautiful hike. I DON’T HIKE, but this hike is an easy one. I’d say that if you plan 2 1/2 hours around this you’ll be able to hike both ways and have lots of time to take in the view and get some great pics.
Sea Life Park
You can do this right after the hike. You get in your car and literally drive 5 minutes to the entrance of the park. I have to be honest though, unless you’re planning to actually swim with the dolphins or do other activities besides the free shows, this may not be worth it. We went a few months ago and were a little bored because the show schedules are catered to those who pay for these extra perks. So there is a lot of downtime between shows and really nothing much to do with that time. But still a beautiful place to visit.
I’ve already mentions having breakfast at Kailua or Lanikai beach but the shoreline in Kailua is long and beautiful. In addition to these pretty beaches you’ll also run into Kalama Beach. This beach is good for beginner surfers, they often have youth surf competitions here. but also just a great beach to lay out at. The parking is limited and you may have to find road side parking but once you get to the sand you’ll see that the trouble was well worth it.
^^ This is my favorite beach in Kailua. That’s the Marine Base there in the distance.^^
The Ko’olau mountains offer us some beautiful waterfalls but if you want to see one up close you can drive just 5 minutes from Kalama Beach to the Maunawili Falls. I used to go here all the time in High School. You’ll have to be careful on this hike and avoid it if it’s rainy weather which is pretty common on the windward side.
And don’t forget to grab some Shave Ice from Island Snow. You may have heard of this place because Barack Obama would stop by while vacationing in Kailua. My recommendation is to get the snow cap on any flavor you decide on!
As you can see the Windward side has a lot of natural beauty to offer. You won’t find too many tourist attractions or a lot to do indoors but if you love beaches, waterfalls and nature we have some of the best. In part 2 we’ll be heading over to my home town of Kaneohe as well as the rest of the windward side cities. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that I’ve provided some exciting adventures for anyone visiting soon.