Located in the southeastern part of Oahu, Kaneohe is approximately twenty minutes away by car from downtown Honolulu. Kaneohe means “bamboo man” in Hawaiian, and the town was named after an ancient Hawaiian story. Kaneohe is one of the largest residential communities on Oahu’s windward side and is a great place to go relax and get away from the bustle of Honolulu, yet still offers visitors many things to see and do.
There are three different golf courses in the area: Pali Golf Course is public, while Ko’olau Golf Club and Bayview Golf Park are both privately owned but open to the public. Other points of interest include the lush Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, a 400-acre garden located at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains that is open daily without charge, as well as the Hawaii National Veterans Cemetery, a historical burial site built in a volcanic crater to honor veterans of four wars. Kaneohe Bay is one of the island’s most photographed spots, and is a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks, while a popular local gathering spot is the Kane’one Sandbar, which is a spot for those with boats who also like to barbecue and snorkel. The Byody-In-Temple at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is a well-known attraction that was built in the 1960s to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant workers who worked in the sugar plantation fields.
For those looking to travel outside of Kaneohe, there are many great places to visit around the island. Waikiki Beach is thirty minutes away and is Oahu’s famous tourist destination, filled with shops, restaurants, and iconic places like the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The nearby windward beach town of Kailua is just over ten minutes away from Kaneohe, and is home to Kailua Beach – a popular windsurfing destination. The beautiful vacation and resort town of Ko’Olina, which is where the world-famous Aulani Disney Resort is located, is 35 minutes west of Kanoehe. The famous North Shore is forty minutes away, and makes for the perfect day trip as well.
Formerly a rural farm community, Kaneohe has developed into a modern neighborhood with colleges, shopping centers, and thousands of houses and condos in many great parts of town where you can rent a home to make your stay more comfortable. Ahuimanu is quieter and set back away from the business of the town, Kaneohe town has many single-family homes and condos, shopping centers, restaurants and offers access to the Pali and Likelike Highways for day trips. Heeia is a family-oriented area with a large mix of single-family homes and apartments as well.
The public bus system, also known as The Bus, is one of the most convenient ways to get around and has major stops throughout the island. For more information about routes and rates, visit www.thebus.org. If you’re planning various day trips around the island, booking a rental car is very convenient and Enterprise Car Rentals in Kailua is one of the major rental companies on the island. There are also taxis available, as well as shuttles to and from the airport.
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