Kaneohe, HI

Travel Guide
Kaneohe featuring landscape views, mountains and sailing

This city on O'ahu’s windward side is protected from the wild Pacific Ocean and offers plenty of non-beach activities.

Kāne’ohe is one of O'ahu’s larger cities. It’s nestled on the shores of Kāne’ohe Bay, a large sheltered body of water protected by a coral reef. Look for the large U.S. Marine Corps base at the end of the peninsula forming the reef. The bay is a good place to enjoy sailing and kayaking in relatively calm waters. Follow locals to the “Sandbar,” a temporary landmass that appears in the bay during low tide.

Back on land, visit Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. The 400-acre (160-hectare) park has free entry and offers a convenient drive-through option to see endangered and rare plants from the Philippines, Hawaii, Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Polynesia, Melanesia, Malaysia and tropical America. You can also bike, jog or hike through the park for closer views or try fishing in the manmade lake. Register at the visitor center for additional activities including crafts, nature walks, cloud-watching or camping; some of these have small fees.

In nearby Kahaluu, visit the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, home to the Byodo-In Temple, a Japanese-style temple built in 1968 to commemorate 100 years of Japanese presence on O’ahu. Inside the temple, look for the large golden Amida Buddha and a replica of a 900-year-old sacred bell. In the park there is a wildlife area with peacocks, black swans and 100-year-old koi. Enjoy local performance artists and artisans who appear by invitation to perform or display products. Visit the traditional Japanese teahouse, now serving as a gift shop and visitor services center. You will find the temple a serene place to come for quiet worship or contemplation.

For a more active experience, golf at a different course three days in a row, all within a few minutes’ drive from the center of Kāne’ohe. Pali is public, while Ko’olau and Bayview are private, but open to visitors. As with most golf courses in Hawaii, you’ll find excellent course conditions, lush greenery and beautiful views. Ko’olau’s setting adjacent to a mountain range creates an unusual course design.

Kāne’ohe is 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Honolulu. You’ll find plenty to do here without ever visiting a beach.

Where to stay in Kaneohe

Paradise Bay Resort
Paradise Bay Resort
3.5 out of 5
47-039 Lihikai Drive, Kaneohe, HI, 96744
Stay at this 3.5-star resort in Kaneohe. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Didn’t like the roosters, noisy early. Liked that you could store some things in fridge and cook if you want, saved money. Centrally located for day excursions north or south shores. Activities pool/hot tub, kayaking."

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Paradise Bay Resort
Pacific Tradewinds - Luxury home, Pool, Firepit, AC
Pacific Tradewinds - Luxury home, Pool, Firepit, AC
Kaneohe, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Kaneohe. Enjoy private pools, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Great location and well-provisioned.
"Had a few problems with the pool which took too long to fix; we changed and washed the sheets during our stay and found crumbs between the mattress cover. Several low-points in the house where we smacked our heads (but not too seriously). This aside, the house is very well provisioned and the setting ..."

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Pacific Tradewinds - Luxury home, Pool, Firepit, AC
Relaxing oceanfront home
Relaxing oceanfront home
Kaneohe, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Kaneohe. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach are located nearby. ...
Relaxing oceanfront home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pacific Tradewinds - Luxury home, Pool, Firepit, AC
Pacific Tradewinds - Luxury home, Pool, Firepit, AC
Kaneohe, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Kaneohe. Enjoy private pools, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the pool and the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Great location and well-provisioned.
"Had a few problems with the pool which took too long to fix; we changed and washed the sheets during our stay and found crumbs between the mattress cover. Several low-points in the house where we smacked our heads (but not too seriously). This aside, the house is very well provisioned and the setting ..."

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Pacific Tradewinds - Luxury home, Pool, Firepit, AC
Relaxing oceanfront home
Relaxing oceanfront home
Kaneohe, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Kaneohe. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach are located nearby. ...
Relaxing oceanfront home
Ocean View in Quiet Kaneohe Paradise
Ocean View in Quiet Kaneohe Paradise
Kaneohe, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Kaneohe. Enjoy 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. Our guests praise the family amenities in our reviews. Popular attractions Kaneohe Bay ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Wonderful stay
"We had a wonderful family reunion at this house. Everything exceeded our expectations. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Ocean View in Quiet Kaneohe Paradise
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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