Discover Kane‘ohe on the BayO‘ahu
KANE‘OHE BAY, a 7,500-acre inlet, is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands and the only bay in Hawai‘i with a barrier reef. Five tiny islands are anchored in the bay, the two largest being CHINAMAN’S HAT and COCONUT ISLAND. Coconut Island is owned by the State of Hawai‘i and is home to a University of Hawai‘i research center, but it is perhaps best known for its role in the long-standing television series “Gilligan’s Island.”
Adventurers can explore this watery playground with HOLOKAI KAYAK & SNORKEL ADVENTURES. Guides knowledgeable in the area as well as marine safety take guests on exciting eco-adventures throughout the bay. Tours depart from the He‘eia Learning Center at He‘eia State Park Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Rent a kayak from TWOGOOD KAYAKS in Kailua, head to Kane‘ohe, then paddle out
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Kane‘ohe also is a popular GOLF destination, with three scenic courses. It also is a good place to tour botanical gardens at BYODO-IN TEMPLE, a replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple, and HE‘EIA STATE PARK.
The Windward side of the island can be reached by one of four scenic routes: Pali Highway, Likelike Highway, H-3 Freeway (also known as the John A. Burns Freeway) or Kalaniana‘ole Highway, past Hawaii Kai to Waimanalo.