Windward Oahu

Welcome to Windward Oahu

The majestic Koolau Mountain Range provides the backdrop to Windward Oahu, filled with vibrant communities and award-winning beaches
As you drive over the Pali Highway, the sprawling city of Honolulu gives way to the country landscapes and lush valleys of Windward Oahu. It feels like you are entering a different world as you exit the tunnels east of Koolau Range. This region's mountains, historical attractions, and natural preserves create a scenic environment with endless opportunities for adventure.

Windward Oahu is home to world-renowned beaches, numerous leisure activities, and a family-friendly lifestyle. It's a perfect place for those seeking a welcoming community or a peaceful local with reasonable commute options to urban areas. Sub-neighborhoods of Windward Oahu include Kailua, an ideal spot for windsurfing, and Kaneohe, home to the largest saltwater sandbar in the world.

Homebuyers will find plenty of options within Windward Oahu's collection of neighborhoods. Whether you are shopping for a condo, townhouse, mid-century bungalow, ranch house, or luxury single-family home, it's easy to hone in on a property that suits your specific needs.

What to Love

  • Peaceful and endless opportunities to spend time outdoors
  • Silky-soft white sandy beaches
  • Picturesque with small-town vibes
  • Cooler, wet climate

Local Lifestyle

The residents of Windward Oahu have a strong sense of community, which they celebrate through local events. There is also an array of businesses, restaurants, and markets in the area offering convenient shopping to the locals. Residents enjoy the enviable experience of living in a community surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty. Many spend their free time boating, swimming, hiking, biking, surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, diving, and more.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Even though it's the island's countryside, Windward Oahu offers an abundance of places to eat and shop. Drop by Polynesian Cultural Center for a traditional luau feast. Traditional Hawaiian food like Lomi salmon, poi, kalua pig, and taro will fill you up as you watch Polynesian dancing and fire knife shoes.

In addition to traditional Hawaiian food, you'll find loads of local restaurants serving every cuisine from Italian to Indian and Mexican to Moroccan. Highlights include Serg's Mexican Kitchen NaloLeiLei's Bar & GrillBuzz's Original Steakhouse, and Kalapawai Café & Deli. This area is also famous for its breakfast and lunch spots. Some good ones include Boots & Kimos, and Cinnamon's.

Windward Mall is the premier choice for shopping in this region. The shopping center is located in Kaneohe and features local and national-brand shops, restaurants, salons, a children's play area, and a movie theater.

Things to Do

Oahu's windward side is home to world-renowned beaches. Kailua Beach is a picture-perfect spot with white sand and turquoise waters. It has miles of shoreline, picnic tables, parking, and restrooms. The calm and clear waves are great for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Lanikai Beach is located down the road on the same stretch of shoreline and is more remote. You can see two small islands in the distance from the sand, which is actually bird sanctuaries. Tourists love kayaking out and exploring them.

Hiking is a favorite pastime in Windward Oahu, with one of the best trails in the area being Lanikai Pillbox Trail. The first part of the hike is strenuous, but it gets easier as you ascend to the top. The summit offers an aerial view of the town and beaches below.
The Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail is relatively easy and family-friendly. It's paved and features a 20th-century lighthouse at the top. Because both hikes are located on the east coast, they are perfect spots for watching the sunrise.
Other things to do in Windward Oahu include exploring the Valley of the Temples, watching the air shows hosted by Kaneohe Marine Base, and visiting Kualoa Regional Park, where many Hollywood movies have been filmed.

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