Head west through the Waianae Coast, to experience some beautiful beaches and sceneries without any high rises or urban sprawl. Waianae Coast is home to a simpler, country life on the dry leeward side of the island. Here I found one of my favorite beaches – Makaha Beach. Though not as famous as the North Shore, Mahaka Beach is home to many surfing contests. When the surf is up, make sure you only stop at beaches with lifeguards on duty.
While Waianae is the name of a town, it is also commonly known as area of western coastline leading all the way up to Ka’ena Point. Because it is so dry, Waianae has some of the best ocean water on the island. Like all beaches on the weekends, avoid them on the weekends, when they are crowded with locals and tourists.
The last 5 miles before the end of the road, across from Kaneana beach, is Mauka Cave. It is an old sea cave gouged out by the ocean during a time when the world was warmer and the oceans were higher. Now it is high and dry and on the Mauka side (mountain side) of Highway 93, just past mile marker 17. Legend says that a shape-shifting shark god lives in the area and visits the cave via an underground tunnel to the ocean. We enjoyed the cool, shady cave with a smell of sandalwood incense about it.
Just a few miles in reverse and you’ll find yourself back into populated Honolulu, where our adventure began.
Cites: O’ahu This Week; Welcome to O’ahu