Kaaawa is a great place to base yourself while you are exploring Oahu Island as a large number of the area’s most popular attractions are within easy driving distance. The Polynesian Cultural Center and the Malaekahana State Recreation Area are two of the popular places to visit. If time permits, be sure to also visit the Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens and Pearlridge.
Aloha Tower, one of the most popular landmarks in the entire country is located 17 miles (27 kilometers) to the south.
Savvy travelers in Kaaawa, interested in finding out what makes the area tick, will love the cultural attractions nearby. In particular, you should make sure you check out the Honolulu Academy of Arts in Honolulu, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Pearl Harbor and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. Lovers of the arts will find plenty to applaud at venues such as Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center and the Hawaii Opera Theater. Acclaimed galleries, include the Hawaii State Art Museum in Honolulu and Contemporary Museum.
If the sun is out, follow the locals and head outside to the nearby green spaces. Go for a walk in one of the parks and gardens, which include Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu, the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park and the Waimea Falls Park in Haleiwa. Head out to Magic Island in Honolulu. Watch as the birds wheel overhead, play catch with the kids and catch some rays at nearby Sunset Beach in Haleiwa, Lanikai Beach in Kailua and Waimea Bay.
If you are spending a while in and around Kaaawa, stop by the King Kamehameha Statue in Honolulu and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Oahu Island is filled with reminders of the past; start your historic tour at Iolani Palace in Honolulu.
One of the best ways to experience the natural environs is to head for the greens at the area’s best-loved courses such as the Navy Marine Golf Course in Honolulu, the Mamala Bay Golf Course and the Ko'olau Golf Club in Kaneohe.
Add to your wardrobe, stock up on groceries or just window shop at nearby fashion hotspots such as the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu and the Aloha Tower Marketplace.
While you are in the Kaaawa area, don’t miss the Hawaii Warriors college football team in winter go into battle at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu. If you're travelling with a sports nut, why not surprise them with one of the stadium’s fascinating back stage tours.
At the end of a busy day enjoying the charms of Kaaawa, stay the night in one of the area’s popular hotels or serviced apartments. Check out the rooms and rates at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, the Pagoda Hotel, Honolulu, or the Turtle Bay, Kahuku.