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-running television series, Gilligan’s Island . Adventurers can explore this watery playground and head to Kane‘ohe and then paddle out to the sandbar, christened the “SUNKEN ISLAND” by locals. If you don’t mind getting a little wet, enjoy snorkeling, kite flying, tossing a Frisbee and even barbecuing on this partially submerged oasis in the middle of the bay!
Kane‘ohe also is a popular GOLF destination, with three scenic courses. Other sites to see include HO‘OMALUHIA GARDENS, BYODO-IN TEMPLE (a replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple) and HE’EIA STATE PARK .
Head a little further north, and you’ll be thrilled to find WAIAHOLE POI FACTORY , a favorite spot for kama‘aina (Hawai‘i residents) and visitors alike that serves up ‘ono Hawaiian food. Try the haupia dessert or haupia ice cream for a sweet island treat. You’ll want to spend a few hours at WAIAHOLE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER browsing through its locally grown produce.
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 John A. Burns Freeway) or Kalaniana‘ole Highway, past Hawai‘i Kai to Waimanalo.
21 DEGREES ESTATE CACAO FARM (808) 778-0308
WAIAHOLE POI FACTORY (808) 239-2222