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Hawaii Kai on Oahu's south shore is the perfect setting for an idyllic Hawaii vacation with close access to beautiful beaches and many interesting sites and attractions. Just to the east is Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, and north of Hawaii Kai are the lush and verdant Koolau Mountains that extend up Oahu's windward shore.
Things To Do
Oahu is known for its beautiful beaches so a trip to the shoreline is always a great way to start the day. Sail in a catamaran offshore for a great view of the region. Golf lovers can choose from two courses in Hawaii Kai including the Championship and the Executive Course. Both offer spectacular views of the ocean as well as the islands of Molokai and Maui across the channel. The winds blowing in from the sea can add an extra challenge to the golf play, and during the winter months humpback whales are often seen offshore. A popular attraction near Hawaii Kai is the Halona Blowhole which can put on quite a show when the waves are large. Just to the right is Halona Beach Cove where Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster shared an amorous, water's-edge kiss in the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity. Visit downtown Honolulu to see many historic buildings and visit interesting shops in Chinatown. The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is one of Hawaii's most memorable sights, honoring those who lost their lives in the attack that entered the US into World War II.
Just east of Hawaii Kai is Hanauma Bay where you can snorkel in a sunken volcanic crater amidst a colorful array of fish and other marine life. Just south of Hawaii Kai is Maunalua Bay Beach Park, a nice spot for kayaking and stand up paddling.
For more ocean activities it's just a short drive to Waikiki where you can take a surfing or stand up paddle boarding lesson, or ride in an outrigger canoe. Drive up the east shore to the beautiful beaches of Waimanalo, and the well-protected bay at Kailua which is a great area for water activities including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and snorkeling.
An array of dining choices will greet you at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center which includes an nice courtyard areas to relax and enjoy a bite to eat, often with live entertainment. For a quick meal try Panda Express or Taco Del Mar, or if you want something more substantial settle in at Maile's Thai Bistro. Hawaii Kai is home to the original Roy's Restaurant opened in 1988 by the now famous Hawaii chef Roy Yamaguchi. Roy's enjoys nice views of Maunalua Bay and serves up Hawaiian inspired Euro-Asian cuisine utilizing the bounty of local fishermen, farmers and ranchers. For more great dining options head over to the Kahala Mall, Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.
The Hawaii Kai Towne Center has an extensive complex of retail stores that are fun to browse with many unique gifts found nowhere else. For more great shopping head over to the Kahala Mall, or stroll down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Downtown Honolulu has more interesting stores to explore including the Chinatown area known for its many eclectic shops. The Ala Moana Shopping Center is Hawaii's largest with more than 290 stores including major department stores.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Hawaii Kai vacation rentals allowing you to explore the region's great beaches and attractions including Waikiki and downtown Honolulu as well as day trips to the windward side's Kaneohe Bay and Kailua town and the beaches of the north shore. Most major populated areas of Oahu can also be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus".
Weather and Ocean Conditions
The weather in Hawaii Kai ranges from about 70 to 85 degrees F. throughout the year with rain and wind conditions varying through the seasons. Oahu's south and west shores are generally a bit warmer and drier than the north and east shores, and the winter months typically see more rain than summer. Sunny skies, mild temperatures and warm trade winds make Hawaii Kai an excellent vacation destination all through the year. Rain showers are typically brief and light with ample sunshine even on the rainier days. Hawaii's predominant trade winds blow from the northeast bringing moisture-laden clouds that typically rain onto the mountains creating green and lush landscapes.Trade winds are almost always calmest in the mornings so it's a good time to visit the beach. Ocean conditions vary each day though typically the south shore will have the calmest waters during the winter months while the north shore will have the calmest waters during the summer. Some beaches provide more protection from the open ocean, and if the waves are too big at the beach you visit then you may be able to find a more sheltered beach where water activities are safe. For swimming and ocean activities visit Oahu's lifeguarded beaches, obey all posted warnings and ask about the conditions on that day for the activities you choose.
Hawaii Kai vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home. Browse through our Hawaii Kai vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Hawaii Kai accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals on Oahu and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best of the best Hawaii Kai properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Hawaii Kai rentals or which Oahu destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
The Hawaii Kai region was initially developed by Henry J. Kaiser with dredging of the marina beginning in 1959. A large fishpond in the area was built into residential tracts. The surrounding area continued to be developed and extended up into the neighboring valleys. To learn more about the history of the south shore, including Hawaiian royalty and the eras of missionaries, whaling and sugarcane, explore the Waikiki Historical Trail marked with informational plaques on bronzed surfboards beginning at the Royal Hawaiian Center.