Category: Places

Nimitz Beach – A Hidden Treasure on Oahu’s Southwest Shore

Nimitz Beach - Oahu, HawaiiNimitz Beach is a surfing beach located at Barber’s Point on Oahu’s southwest shore. Just like most beaches in this coast of the island, Nimitz Beach is seldom crowded. Near-shore is a shallow coral reef providing excellent snorkeling and fair swimming opportunities.

Offshore is popular for surfing especially for beginners. While the beach is good overall, there are a lot of rocky areas that may make water access difficult.Look for less rocky areas in several spots along the beach when venturing into the water. There are also tide pools that are great for children to get acquainted with marine creatures. Sunsets are a sight to behold. Read more

Kite Beach, Maui, Hawaii – Kiteboarding Capital of the World

Kite Beach - Maui, HawaiiDubbed as the jewel of Maui’s north shore, Kite Beach is a sandy beach located at the western end of Kanaha Beach. It is just a few minutes away from Kahului Airport and known a great spot for Kiteboarding. In fact, the sport is said to have originated from this beach which has more windy days than any other kiteboarding destination in the world.

The valley in central Maui creates a wind tunnel effect that funnels strong wind into Kite Beach. It offers a variety of conditions to suit different levels of riders. There is a long curving sandy beach that is excellent for beginners. This area lies inside a protective reef, keeping the water flat which adds to the ease of learning. Read more

Chun’s Reef – A Popular Surf Site on Oahu’s North Shore

Chun's Reef - North Shore, OahuChun’s Reef is a wide sandy beach and popular surf site on Oahu’s North Shore. The long stretch of sand begins at this beach and ends at Kawailoa Beach to the east. This beach is located right next to Kamehameha Highway.

The area is known for the large, powerful waves during winter months, providing great surfing opportunities for experienced boarders. Observe all warnings and do not enter water when large swells are present.  Snorkeling and swimming are great during summer’s calmer conditions. The beach is also a favorite spot for watching sea turtles which often come ashore. Read more

Kaaawa Beach Park – A Lovely Beach in East Oahu, Hawaii

Kaaawa Beach Park - East Oahu, HawaiiKaaawa Beach Park is a narrow sandy beach located in Oahu’s windward coast. The name was derived from the yellow wrasse fish, a reef fish that was once abundant on the reefs in this area. Today, the beach is a popular spot for catching he’e or octopus.

The picturesque views make this beach park excellent for picnics and camping. While the clear blue water is inviting, swimming is less than ideal in this beach due to a shallow reef nearshore, except for a few sandy patches. There is also a dangerous rip at the break in the reef at the south end of the park. Nevertheless, snorkeling opportunities are available when the ocean is calm. Read more

Mission Houses Museum – A Glimpse Into Hawaii’s “Missionary” Era

Mission Houses Museum - Honolulu, HawaiiThe Mission Houses Museum is a collection of three well-preserved western style buildings located in a property along 553 South King Street in Honolulu, Hawaii. Believed to be the oldest western style buildings in Hawaii, they now serve as a museum showcasing the islands’ “missionary” period from about 1820 to 1863.

The buildings were built by a missionary named Levi Chamberlain for himself and his family of eight when they came to Honolulu from Vermont in 1820s. The first structure that was built in the property was the Mission House in 1821. Also referred to as the Frame House, the Mission House was pre-fabricated in Boston, shipped to Hawaii and assemble on its current spot. The house was designed for the climate of New England and features small windows and short eaves. Read more