Kaiona Beach Park – One of the Hidden Gems of Oahu, Hawaii

Kaiona Beach Park - Oahu, HawaiiKaiona Beach Park is a 4-acre family-friendly beach park located at the foot of Ko’olau Mountains at the south end of Waimanalo Bay on Oahu’s windward coast. The beach’s turquoise water lives up to its name Kaiona, which means “attractive sea” in the Hawaiian language.

The beach is the location of an ancient Hawaiian fishpond, called Pahonu Pond, which offers excellent swimming opportunities for its calm and clear waters as well as sandy bottom. This part of the beach is popular among children and novice swimmers. During low tide, the walls of the fishpond are visible. Outside of the seawall is a mixture of rocks and sandy patches. Read more

Cromwell’s Cove – A Popular Swim Spot in Oahu, Hawaii

Cromwell's Cove - Oahu, HawaiiCromwell’s Cove is a popular swimming and diving spot east of Diamond Head Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. It is part of the Kaalawai Beach, known to most a Cromwell Beach, a narrow strip of golden sand fronting the upscale community of Ka’alawai.

The beach offers spectacular views but a shallow reef that extends all the way to the shoreline making for poor swimming conditions. The beach is mainly used by surfers to access popular surf spots beyond the reef. Read more

Kailua District Park – A Charming Public Park in the Heart of Kailua, Hawaii

Kailua District Park - Oahu, HawaiiKailua District Park is a charming public park with sprawling green lawns and recreational and sports facilities located in th heart of the scenic little village of Kailua in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is also a popular gathering place among locals and a favorite venue for cultural shows, live performances, farmer’s markets and other community events.

Apart from picturesque views, the park offers free use of sports facilities including a swimming pool, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, soccer field and a gymnasium. There is also a jogging and walking tracks. It is also a pet-friendly park and allow visitors to walk and play with their dogs. Read more

Kuli’ou’ou Beach Park and Paiko Lagoon – Oahu, Hawaii

Paiko Lagoon and Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park - Oahu, HawaiiKuli’ou’ou Beach Park is a small community park located near Honolulu in south Oahu, Hawaii. It features a narrow sand beach and a shallow reef flat and serves as an entry point to popular surf sites, namely, Tunas, Manatan’s, and Turtles, situated at the outer edge of the reef.

The reef protects the beach from strong ocean waves and keeps the waters calm all year round. Popular activities her include swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling if the water is clear. A huge grassy area provides spots for picnics as well as ample space for a game of Frisbee. There is also a basketball court. The area is also used for weddings, parties and other events. Read more

Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area – A Hiking and Camping Destination in Oahu, Hawaii

Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area - Oahu, HawaiiThe Keaiwa Heiau is an ancient Hawaiian temple located in the 384-acre Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area located above the town of Aiea, north of Pearl Harbor, in Oahu, Hawaii. The heiau was used as a medicinal or healing temple or heiau ho’ola. It is unknown when the heiau was built but one source suggests that it was constructed in the 16th Century by Kakuhihewa, an ali’i (chief) of O’ahu, and his kahuna Keaiwa.

According to legends, the kahuna (priest) specializing in healing would diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries in the heaiau. The kahuna would also train haumana (students) in the practice of la’au lapa’au, medicinal healing using plants, fasting, and prayers. Many of the plants and herbs were collected from the neighboring forest while others were planted around the heiau. Read more