Map of Waimanalo
Waimanalo Hawaii is a destination worth considering when visiting the island of Oahu. A mix between a quiet rural area and a country beach town, this southeastern enclave along Highway 72 (the Kalanianaole Highway) offers a more peaceful atmosphere than nearby Honolulu and is overlooked by many tourists.
Waimanalo Beach Image: Bob Linsdell (flickr)
In Waimanalo proper, there is a small commercial center along the highway, and agricultural lots and plant nurseries characterize much of the countryside. Along the nearby coast, the neighborhood of Waimanalo Beach and miles of beautiful Oahu beaches await. Such beach parks as Waimanalo Beach Park, the Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area and Bellows Beach Park provide splendid places to bask in soft white sands and stunning turquoise waters. Rarely are the Waimanalo beaches crowded, though they regularly attract a good number of local families on weekends. Another popular attraction in the area is Sea Life Park Hawaii. Found south of Waimanalo near Makapuu Point, this amusement park is a great place to see and learn about marine creatures. The option to swim with dolphins and enjoy other interactive experiences is available, and you can look to pair your day time fun at the park with an evening luau.
There aren’t any Waimanalo hotels to choose from, but you can find lodging in nearby towns to the north and in the general area. Honolulu and Waikiki Beach aren’t very far around the bend to the south and are easily reached by Highway 72 if you prefer to base yourself in that part of Oahu.
Top image: jai Mansson's photography, CC BY-SA 2.0