Maunalua Bay. Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

Maunalua Bay

Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

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Maunalua Bay

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Maunalua Bay used to be a 49-thousand square feet of coral reefs. It was removed in the 1960s to create a watercraft channel for the Hawaii Kai (Wikipedia Article) (a privileged community in Oahu) Marina. Today, Maunalua Bay is a scenic beach ideal for fishing, swimming; kayaking, boating; stand-up paddling, snorkeling; and its large beach park is great for jogging, or some relaxing picnic. Both Koko Head and Diamond Head are visible from Maunulua Bay.

Hawaii Kai

Hawaii Kai is a residential area in Honolulu where the Maunalua Bay is. Its population is consisted of highly educated and relatively affluent individuals around Oahu. Hawaii Kai has a shopping center, public park, and basketball facilities. It has a laid-back nightlife with the scenic view of a coastal inlet and Koko Head. Residents have boats at the back of their homes which they could use to go around their town instead of traveling by car.

Diamond Head

Diamond Head is actually called Le'ahi in Hawaiian. Coming from the words “lae” meaning “downbridge” and “ahi” meaning “tuna”, Le'ahi was dubbed so because of its shape that looks like the fish's fin. Only when a British sailor in the 19th century found calcite crystals on the beach close to Le'ahi and mistook them as diamonds did the name Diamond Head begIn.

Diamond Head is in fact a volcanic tuff cone and is a very popular hiking trail in Hawaii. It is visible from Maunalua Bay, Waikiki, and many other parts of Honolulu.

Koko Head

Koko Head is an ancient tuff cone which had last erupted over 10,000 years ago. It can be seen from almost all points in Hawaii Kai and on the way to Sea Life Park and Makapu'u Lookout. There is a botanical garden on the Koko Crater and is among the most hiked trails of both locals and visitors alike.

How to Get Here

Unlike other towns and destinations on the island of Oahu, Maunalua Bay is not a one-time bus ride. It needs at least 2 buses, that of course, depends on where you are coming from. If from the North Shore side of the island, one can take any bus that heads to Ala Moana Mall, and from there can wait for a bus that heads to Hawaii Kai. From the South Shore, one may take a bus from Waikiki that heads to Sea Life Park.

Similar Attractions

Another picturesque coastal destination close by is the Hanauma Bay, Waikiki Strip, and Ala Moana Beach park.

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Author: kimn. Last updated: Mar 05, 2015

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