Built in 1948 this National Cemetery is located in the Pu'owaina Crater (Punchbowl). In ancient times this crater was known as the "Hill of Sacrifice". So today the cemetery is a memorial to the sacrifice made by the men and women in the United States Armed Services. Dedicated on September 2, 1949, 776 casualties from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor were among the first to be buried here.
- Open 8am-6:30pm daily
- Free Admission
- The American Legion offers walking tours Monday through Friday. Call 808-946-6383 for information
- Home of the Brave offers narrated tours to military bases plus a drive through Punchbowl - Call 808-396-8112 for further information
Directions: Located above the city of Honolulu, take Ward Avenue off of Ala Moana Boulevard. Take a right on Prospect Street and follow the signs into the Punchbowl, The Cemetery is also accessible from H1 or the Pali Highway. Follow the signs.
From this vantage point you can see Kaneohe Bay, Chinaman's Hat, and Hawaii Pacific's Windward Campus
- Open 9am-4pm daily, weather permitting
- Admission is Free
- Ample, free parking
- Remove hats and headgear due to gusty winds
- Hold children's hands due to gusty winds
Take H1 east bound from Waikiki. Then take the Pali Highway, Route 61, via Nu'uanu Pali Drive. Follow the signs to the Lookout.
Soon the road rejoins the Pali Highway. Kailua is to the right and Honolulu to the left -- but it can be a hair-raising turn. Instead, turn right, go a half-mile to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout , stop for a panoramic view of Oahu's windward side, and return to the town-bound highway on the other side.
The Byodo-In Temple was built in the 1960's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant workers in Hawaii who came to work in the sugar plantation fields. It is a replica of the 950-year-old Byodoin Temple located in Uji, Japan on the southern outskirts of Kyoto.
The Byodo-In Temple is located at 47-200 Kahekili Highway in the Valley of the Temples. From Honolulu and Waikiki take the H1 West from downtown Honolulu. Exit onto the Likelike Highway and go north through the mountains and tunnel. Exit onto the Kahekili Highway (83) and continue north for about three miles. Turn left into the Valley of the Temples cemetery. The Byodo-In Temple is located in the back of the Valley of the Temples. The temple and ground are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission to the Byodo-In Temple grounds is $2 per person.
The best time to take photos of the temple and grounds is in the morning when the sun is still in the east. In the afternoon the sun is behind the mountains and the colors of the area are not as striking.
Kailua Beach Park: Kailua Beach Park offers a picture perfect outdoor experience. One of the best beach on Oahu, the fine sandy beach is protect by Kailua Bay which makes for gentle waves. A perfect place to take a swim. The trade winds bring in a cool breeze, allowing one to really enjoy the amble picnic areas in this park. There is amble shade, good park facilities and plenty of parking. Kailua Beach Park is a most do stop on any vacation to Oahu.
Directions: Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach are not hard to find. From the Waikiki take H1 to the Pali Highway (61). Take the Pali over to the Windward side of Oahu. Stay on the Pali at Kamehameha Highway the Pali Highway turns into Kalanianaole Highway. Take Kalanianaole Highway to Kailua Rd. You will not need to make a turn onto Kailua Rd, just bear to the left where Kailua rd meets Kalanianaole Highway. At the triangle intersection of Kailua Road and Kuulei Road, bear to the right to stay on Kailua Road. At the second signal intersection, make a left turn to stay on Kailua Road. Go through the intersection of Kailua Rd and Kawailo Rd and you will be in the park. If this lot is full simple go back out to Kawailo Rd and follow it around the park. There are many different places to park.
During the weekdays this beach is not that crowed and makes for a good day at the beach, but during the high tourist season and on the weekends it can get crowded.
Lanikai Beach is just past Kailua Beach. Take Kawailo Rd to Aalapapa Dr. Aalapapa Dr and Mokulua Dr from a large one way loop that along with thier side streets encompass the area know as Lanikai. Aalapapa Dr leads into Lanikai and Mokulua Dr leads out of Lanikai. There are many two way streets in the area that connect Aalapapa Dr and Mokulua Dr making it easy to change directions while in the loop. To get to Lanikai Beach find parking along Mokulua Dr or one of its many side streets. On Mokulua Dr there are many public access points to the beach. The best part of Lanikai beach is before Onekea Dr. So try and find parking before this street. When parking in this neighbor hood try and keeping mind that this is a residential area. Please do not block people's driveways or trample their yards.
Lanikai beach offers no public facilities such as restrooms, showers or water fountains. It also does not have any handicap parking or ramps. If you are in need of such facilities Kailua Beach Park is a wiser choice.