West Oahu can sometimes be overlooked compared to the more famous sides of the island. But, in fact, West Oahu offers some of the most enchanting spots of the island. I hope this article can bring some lights to what life looks like on the West side of Oahu.
Located near Nanakuli, just north of the Ko’olina Resorts. The official name for this beach is Kahe Point Beach Park. Electric Beach is named after the electric power plant located nearby. This is a popular beach for snorkels and scuba divers. Due to its location being close to the power plant, making the water in this area warmer hence it attracts a lot of sea life. Here you can easily spot schools of colorful fishes.
Makaha Beach Park
This white sandy beach is a true hidden gem on the West side. The scenery on this beach is truly spectacular. Located in Waianae, Makaha Beach is famous among surfers as it has good surf breaks. It also offers magnificent views of the Waianae Mountains and beautiful sunsets.
This nice and quiet beach with blue clean water is located along Farrington Highway. With ample of parking, restroom facilities, and outdoor exercise equipment, Maili Beach it a nice spot to have a picnic with families or party celebrations.
Thinking about making your childhood mermaid dream to reality? Then you definitely have to visit the Mermaid Cave located in Nanakuli Beach Park. While there is no official map on its whereabouts, making the mermaid cave sort of mysterious and enchanting. Visiting the Mermaid Cave will definitely be a memorable adventure.
Nestled inside of the Ko’olina Resort, there are four man-made lagoons with white sandy beaches. The calm, clear water of the lagoons make it popular for people visiting with children. Although sometimes parking can be challenging during the weekend.
White Plains Beach
Ka’ena Point State Park located at the very end of Mokuleia. It is considered to be an easy-moderate trail that stretches about 5.5 miles long with a beautiful view of the ocean throughout. You can usually spot Hawaiian monk seals sunbathing on the rocky beach at the end of the trail. It is recommended to go there early in the morning and bring sunscreen because of the lack of shades on the trail.
Also known as the Pink Pillbox hike, this trail has stunning views and bright pink bunkers on the top that represent breast cancer awareness. The trail is about 2 miles round trip and is pretty accessible for everyone.
Mount Ka’ala Trail
The trail for adventure lovers. It is the highest peak on Oahu. At more than 7 miles and about 5,000 ft of total elevation, this trail is considered to be difficult. As the inclination gets steeper and steeper after the first mile or so, not to mention some rope and rock climbing, this trail can be physically challenging for some people. But once you reach the summit, the view will be totally worth the hard work.
Lifestyle and Entertainment
Ka Makana Ali’i Mall
This 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center was first opened in 2016. Filled with more than 150 shops, restaurants, and a luxury movie theater. The center court on this mall is dedicated for entertainment. They have live music, kids’ yoga on Thursdays, kids’ story time on the 1st and 3rd Friday, farmers’ market every Wednesdays and Sundays, and many more. For more information please visit their website at www.kamakanaalii.com.
Another great edition the West Side of Oahu is Kapolei Commons. With a movie theater, plenty of retails and high-quality restaurants making your shopping experience pleasant and joyful.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii
Who doesn’t love going to a waterpark? Voted as top 10 most visited family attraction on Oahu, Wet ‘n’ Wild is located in Kapolei. It features more than 25 exhilarating attractions suitable for both families and thrill seekers.
Corepower Yoga is a yoga studio like no other! Their classes combine traditional yoga poses while increasing its intensity to make a powerful workout session. There are different types of yoga classes to choose from ranging from the highest intensity (Yoga Sculpt), which also incorporate dumbbells to the workout, to lower intensity class (Core Restore) that focus on stretching and breathing techniques. They have several locations around the island, and they are opening their brand-new studio in Kapolei this summer. If you’re new, Corepower offers 7 days free for new students!
F45 is a unique systemized workout program. It combines elements of high intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training, and functional training. This method of training has been proven effective to burn fat and build lean muscle. And the best part is, each session of the workout is only 45 minutes long. With few locations throughout the island, t DJ, pop-ups, and more! They are opening up their brand-new studio located in Kapolei. They will have their grand opening on Saturday, June 29.