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KaneoheUnited States of America

This city on O'ahu’s windward side is protected from the wild Pacific Ocean and offers plenty of non-beach activities.

Kāne’ohe is one of O'ahu’s larger cities. It’s nestled on the shores of Kāne’ohe Bay, a large sheltered body of water protected by a coral reef. Look for the large U.S. Marine Corps base at the end of the peninsula forming the reef. The bay is a good place to enjoy sailing and kayaking in relatively calm waters. Follow locals to the “Sandbar,” a temporary landmass that appears in the bay during low tide.

Back on land, visit Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. The 400-acre (160-hectare) park has free entry and offers a convenient drive-through option to see endangered and rare plants from the Philippines, Hawaii, Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Polynesia, Melanesia, Malaysia and tropical America. You can also bike, jog or hike through the park for closer views or try fishing in the manmade lake. Register at the visitor center for additional activities including crafts, nature walks, cloud-watching or camping; some of these have small fees.

In nearby Kahaluu, visit the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, home to the Byodo-In Temple, a Japanese-style temple built in 1968 to commemorate 100 years of Japanese presence on O’ahu. Inside the temple, look for the large golden Amida Buddha and a replica of a 900-year-old sacred bell. In the park there is a wildlife area with peacocks, black swans and 100-year-old koi. Enjoy local performance artists and artisans who appear by invitation to perform or display products. Visit the traditional Japanese teahouse, now serving as a gift shop and visitor services center. You will find the temple a serene place to come for quiet worship or contemplation.

For a more active experience, golf at a different course three days in a row, all within a few minutes’ drive from the center of Kāne’ohe. Pali is public, while Ko’olau and Bayview are private, but open to visitors. As with most golf courses in Hawaii, you’ll find excellent course conditions, lush greenery and beautiful views. Ko’olau’s setting adjacent to a mountain range creates an unusual course design.

Kāne’ohe is 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Honolulu. You’ll find plenty to do here without ever visiting a beach.

Top Hotels in Kaneohe

Paradise Bay Resort
Paradise Bay Resort
3.5 out of 5
47-039 Lihikai Drive, Kaneohe, HI
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Situated by the ocean, this romantic resort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Kāne‘ohe Bay and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Kaneohe Bay. Kailua Beach and Bishop Museum are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"Upon arrival, the staff were immediately welcoming and we noticed that the facility was very clean"…"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Paradise Bay Resort
Private Country Cottage
Private Country Cottage
Kaneohe, HI
The price is $200 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Situated in Kaneohe, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kahaluu Beach and Aloha Ke Akua Chapel. Kāne‘ohe Bay is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Beautiful place tucked away.

"Beautiful home well kept. So very comfy after a long day playing, beds were amazing. It was a great location between the city in North shore"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Private Country Cottage
Nature Lover's Hidden Oasis!
Nature Lover's Hidden Oasis!
Kaneohe, HI
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Situated in Kaneohe, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Kaneohe Bay and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach. Honolulu Harbor and Waimanalo ...

Nature Lover's Hidden Oasis!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kaneohe

Private Country Cottage
Private Country Cottage
Kaneohe, HI
The price is $200 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Situated in Kaneohe, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kahaluu Beach and Aloha Ke Akua Chapel. Kāne‘ohe Bay is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Beautiful place tucked away.

"Beautiful home well kept. So very comfy after a long day playing, beds were amazing. It was a great location between the city in North shore"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Private Country Cottage
Nature Lover's Hidden Oasis!
Nature Lover's Hidden Oasis!
Kaneohe, HI

Situated in Kaneohe, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Kaneohe Bay and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach. Honolulu Harbor and Waimanalo ...

Nature Lover's Hidden Oasis!
Sea Breeze Homes 2 Homes, Views of Beautiful Bay, AC
Sea Breeze Homes 2 Homes, Views of Beautiful Bay, AC
Kaneohe, HI

Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kaneohe Bay, He'eia State Park, and Kāne‘ohe Bay. Valley of the Temples and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Sea Breeze Homes stay 2020

"The property is excellent in all ways. The Pham sisters are great hosts and can't do enough for those staying here. Everything about this property was exactly as we had invisioned. Hats off to everyone responsible for this property."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Sea Breeze Homes 2 Homes, Views of Beautiful Bay, AC
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kaneohe

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4/5 - Good

Stacy

Mar 26, 2020

We loved staying away from all the touristy areas.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 6, 2020

Really nice area. Stunning views. Not close to amenities or food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

No question, 100% better than Waikiki. So beautiful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

It is unfortunate that the vacation rentals on the windward side have had to stop advertising because of the permit laws in Hawaii suddenly being enforced. Kaneohe Bay and Kailua Beach are lovely, and still maintain a somewhat local feel.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 12, 2019

Nice quiet area, it is at the North shore so it is much more relaxed .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 25, 2019

Very nice and nature

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