Waimea Valley is an area of historic cultural significance on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Sightseeing North Shore O‘ahu

Sightseeing O‘ahu’s North Shore is primarily focused on Hawaiian heritage, and since all sites are found outdoors, nature features fairly heavily as well. With two main areas to explore, you’ll want to do a bit of planning to make sure you can fully experience both.

If you want to swim in ‘Iao Stream, the best place for accessing the swimming holes is from Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens where short trails lead down to the refreshing—and cold—water.

Central Maui Hiking

Central Maui hiking options are varied enough that while most hikes aren’t exactly challenging, there are opportunities for a good workout. One hike in particular is flat, straightforward, but with excellent coastal views and ruins to explore, while another rewards intrepid hikers with waterfall pools to splash in.

The Waikamoi Ridge Trail takes you just far away enough from the road that the only sound you can hear is the call of native birds and the creak of bamboo as it sways in the wind above you.

Hiking Maui: Hana and Vicinity

Hiking in Hana consists of calm, easy trails, most of which are a nice short break to stretch your legs or a moderate workout. There are a few trails less traveled with rewards such as peaceful picnic areas or pristine waterfalls, and plenty of costal views.

‘Akaka Falls plunges down into a pool near Hilo, Hawaii.

‘Akaka Falls State Park on the Big Island

Everybody’s idea of a pristine Hawaiian valley is viewable at ‘Akaka Falls State Park, one of the most easily accessible forays into Hawai‘i’s beautiful interior. Many varieties of plants that would be in window pots anywhere else are giants here, almost trees.

A waterfall with a large cavern behind it at Twin Falls in East Maui.

Twin Falls Hiking Trail in East Maui

Twin Falls is one of the easiest and shortest waterfall hikes you’ll find in East Maui. Although there are myriad waterfalls here, the two main ones are most accessible for visitors. Here are detailed directions to both, advice for going further along the trail, and a few area tips.

Inside the dense bamboo forest of East Maui.

Hiking in the Bamboo Forest of East Maui

This challenging hike through Maui’s bamboo forest isn’t for everyone: there are steep slopes, deep forests, and even streams to traverse, but those who manage to find and stick to the trail are well-rewarded by the experience and the waterfalls of Na‘ili‘ili haele (bamboo forest)!

Volcanic rocks show through the sand at Secret Beach on Kauai.

The Best Beaches in Kilauea, Kaua‘i

The north shore holds Kaua‘i’s most exotic beaches. Each one is covered in a thick blanket of white sand lining clear blue water, and many boast perfect waves for surfers. All are great for tanning and picnicking, many are wonderful for snorkeling, and a lot are ideal for surfing.