Kahuku offers the ultimate in luxury and relaxation on Oahu's scenic northeastern shore between Laie and the Turtle Bay Resort. Kahuku is a relatively small town that provides easy access to Oahu's pristine north shore beaches as well as the windward towns of Kaneohe and Kailua.
Things To Do
Ocean activities are popular in this area including kayaking in Kaneohe and a variety of water sports in Kailua Bay. Golfers can enjoy the seaside public course in Kahuku and two exceptional courses at the oceanfront Turtle Bay Resort including the Arnold Palmer Course and George Fazio Course. Take a horseback ride along the coast or in the scenic mountain valleys. Waimea Valley is a great place for a family hike including botanical gardens, scenic vistas and a refreshing swim at Waimea Falls. The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie is another fun family activity where you can learn about Hawaiian culture and other Pacific Island nations with themed villages, interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater. They also put on an impressive and theatrical dinner show.
The windward (eastern) side of Oahu has some of the island's finest beaches including Kaneohe Bay which is a mecca of water sports from snorkeling and kayaking to stand up paddle boarding as it enjoys some protection from the open ocean. Snorkeling and swimming can be exceptional at the beach in front of the Turtle Bay Resort, about four miles northwest of Kahuku, when the surf is not too large. Take a drive up to the north shore to see a string of spectacular beaches including the world-famous surfing beaches at Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Haleiwa.
For casual fare head over to the Kahuku Sugar Mill where the Kahuku Grill serves up tasty coconut shrimp and great cheeseburgers. For finer dining try Ola right on the beach at Turtle Bay Resort which offers contemporary island cuisine including freshly caught fish and produce grown on Oahu's north shore. For more dining choices head to the north shore town of Haleiwa or to the windward side towns of Kaneohe and Kailua. Both of these towns have a nice variety of shops and restaurants.
Fun shopping in this region can be found in Kailua and Kaneohe to the south as well as Haleiwa town to the north. Kailua has a walkable downtown district with lots of shops to browse, and the Windward Mall in Kaneohe has more than 100 merchants with planting of interesting shops to browse. Haleiwa is the north shore's commercial and social center with art galleries, surfing shops and gift shops to explore with many of the town's plantation era buildings still reflect the area's unique heritage.
Renting a car is recommended when staying in Kahuku vacation rentals so you can explore all of the great beaches and attractions along Oahu's northern shore as well as day trips to east shore beaches and towns, and Waikiki and downtown Honolulu on the south shore. Most major populated areas of Oahu can also be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Kahuku weather ranges from about 70 to 85 degrees F. throughout the year. Oahu's north and eastern shores are generally a bit wetter and cooler than the south and west shores, and the winter months typically see more rain than summer. Sunny skies, mild temperatures and warm trade winds make Kahuku an excellent vacation destination all year around. 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 of the east and north shores 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 north shore will have the calmest waters during the summer months and the south shore will have the calmest waters during the winter. 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. Make sure to obey all posted warnings and ask about the conditions on that day for the activities you choose.
Kahuku 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 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 Kahuku 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 Kahuku properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Kahuku rentals or which Oahu destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
An important Hawaiian historical site on the north shore is located in Pupukea and known as Puu O Mahuka Heiau. Preserved at the site are ancient stone enclosures and other artifacts from ancient times. Programs at Waimea Valley provide interesting information about traditional Hawaiian plants and their uses in Hawaiian culture.