Kaneohe Guide

Kaneohe Guide
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Address , Kaneohe, HI
Our guide to Kaneohe, a major city on Oahu's windward side.

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The name Kaneohe means Bamboo Man in Hawaiian. According to legend, a man's cruelty was compared to the sharp edge of cutting bamboo by his wife. See, back then that's how easy it was to name a place! Today there would be all sorts of committees and meetings involved.


Kaneohe is a city located on the east side of Oahu island. It covers an area that spans the length of Kaneohe Bay and is now home to over 35,000 residents. It's on the windward side of the island which gets a lot of rainfall. In fact, all that rainfall makes it a great place to grow crops. This was a major agricultural area dating back to ancient times, but today not much is grown here commercially. Still, you'll notice just how green and lush it is all over this part of the island.

Things To Do In Kaneohe

There aren't a lot of great beach options in Kaneohe, it's neighboring city to the south, Kailua, got the great beaches. But there are a few that are worth checking out such as Kahana Bay Beach Park and Kualoa Regional Park and Campground.

In terms of lodging, you won't find any major chain hotels or resorts in this area. Lodging mostly comes down to individual vacation rentals, a few bed and breakfast places, and the lovely Paradise Bay Resort which we highly recommend.

The same really applies for restaurants. Because this area is more local than touristy, most of the eateries are catered to locals. That's actually a good thing and you'll have no trouble finding plenty of tasty local favorites.

One of the must see places here is Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, be sure to stop by and enjoy the amazing views. On a windy day be sure to hold onto your hats as it's essentially a wind tunnel here. Hikers should enjoy the Wiliwilinui Access Road and Ridge Trail and Chinaman's Hat Trail (Mokolii Island). If you want more of a challenge check out Pali Puka Hike or the incredibly difficult Pali Notches Hike. If it's windy or you're not a strong hiker then these last two hikes are not recommended.

Fans of plant life and the peacefulness of nature will enjoy the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens. Speaking of peace, stop by the Byodo-In Temple for a walk around, to take some photos, or to feed the koi.

Kualoa Ranch offers a variety of activities, or if you prefer something slower paced then maybe Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline is more your speed.