Kaneohe
Culture & History

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Kaneohe Culture & History

Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

1. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Learn from your guide the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet plant became a symbol of Hawaii.

Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

2. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at iconic Halona Blowhole Lookout – 15-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm •Lunch at a North Shore Shrimp truck. Choose from any of their signature entrees: butter garlic shrimp / spicy garlic lemon shrimp / & coconut shrimp. Non-shrimp and vegetarian options available. LUNCH INCLUDED · Stop at and enjoy the delicacies of a local fruit stand ! · Waimea Valley beautiful and lush, swimming optional · Byodo-In Temple-set back against the Koolau Mountains, this is a replicia of a 900+ year old temple in Japan! •Visit historic Haleiwa Town: famous for surfing shopping and shave ice! Stroll the town and take in the North Shore ambiance and flavors- ask your guide his or her recommendations! •A stop at famous Matsumoto Shave ice- purchase optional •Dole Pineapple Plantation – A 30-minute stop, home of the original “Dole Whip.”

Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

3. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. Some of the featured sites include (an asterisk denotes a stop): • Diamond Head: A volcanic tuff cone considered one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks • Kahala Estates: A mansion-lined spot known as Hawaii’s Gold Coast • Hālona Blowhole Lookout*: A lookout featuring a volcanic lava tube that propels water up to the sky • Waimānalo Town: A town known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout*: A lookout that offers panoramic views of the coastline to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds • Byodo-In Temple*: A temple that commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii • Chinaman’s Hat: The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed into the ocean • Kualoa Ranch*: A private nature reserve owned by eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with a goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the land • Laie Hawaii Temple: A temple featuring lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features, and more • North Shore: A surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and the seven miles of picturesque beaches • Dole Plantation*: A pineapple plantation offering many pineapple varieties and an opportunity to try the dole whip

Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

4. Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

Explore the Island of Oahu on a guided sightseeing tour. Go to the Halona Blowhole, try to spot a whale at the Makapu'u Lighthouse, and have a coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm. Enjoy lunch at Shark's Cove before snorkeling and swimming and finish off the day a the Pali Lookout. Arrive first at the Halona Blowhole, the famous filming spot for Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity. Head from there to Makapu'u Lighthouse. Capture spectacular views of the east shore and seasonal whale sightseeing. Sip on a cup of coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm and try some local nutty treats and products. Arrive at Shark's Cove and take your pick for lunch from one of the food trucks. Lay on the beach, rent some snorkel gear, or just swim in the gentle waves. Finish off the adventure at the Pali Lookout. Take one more glance at the east shore, snap some photos, and return to your accommodation fulfilled from a great day in Oahu.

South Oahu: Whales, Chocolate & Beaches East Shore Day Trip

5. South Oahu: Whales, Chocolate & Beaches East Shore Day Trip

Set off an adventure around Oahu's East Shore, also known as Windward Oahu, from Honolulu or Waikiki. Visit Halona Blowhole, Makapu'u Lighthouse, the Manoa Chocolate Factory, Kualoa Ranch, Kualoa Regional Park, Chinaman's Hat, and Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm. Begin your day with pickup at your hotel in Honolulu or Waikiki, then drive in an air-conditioned van to Halona Blowhole, where Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity were filmed. Next, head to Makapu'u Lighthouse for a great view of the East Shore. Be on the lookout for whales off the coast from November to May. Everyone needs a little chocolate, so make your next stop at Manoa Chocolate Factory for a chocolate tasting in the historic town of Kailua. After, grab a local farm-style lunch from Kuoloa Ranch, the official film location for Jurassic Park. Take your pick from locally farmed and raised food, including hamburgers made from locally raised beef and garlic shrimp from shrimp raised onsite. The ranch offers vegetarian options too. Lunch is not included in the tour price. After lunch, relax and hang out at the beach in Kualoa Regional Park, across the street from Kualoa Ranch. Swim, bathe, and take photos with Chinaman's Hat — an island shaped like a hat — in the background. Finally, head to the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm for some coffee and macadamia nuts. Make one last stop at Pali Lookout for a breathtaking view of the East Shore of Oahu before returning to your hotel.

Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

6. Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, explore Oahu and the vibrant city of Honolulu that offers a little bit of everything, from lush greenery to the most stunning beaches in the world. Cruise around this tropical paradise, hike its best trails, and learn about its incredible conflict-strewn history, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. As an added perk, enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms, along many of the tour stops. After downloading the tour app (download instructions sent via email after booking), start your Oahu adventure at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial where you’ll begin to learn about the unexpected history of Honolulu. Next is Aloha Tower, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Continuing on, see Iolani Palace, the extravagant former home of Hawaii’s monarchs, as well as a statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The first beach on the Oahu tour is Ala Moana Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that was once used for something else entirely. Then, visit Waikiki Beach, where surfing superstar Duke Kanahamoku got his start before he transformed the world of surfing forever. Leaving the beaches for a moment, get an up-close look at Diamond Head State Park, an enormous volcanic crater and Hawaii’s most popular park. Head toward the volcanic China Walls next, where you’ll hear the dramatic tale of Kamehameha’s rise to power and his rival, Kalanikūpule, who was willing to do the unspeakable to take control for himself. At the Hanauma Bay Lookout, find some of the most spectacular views; be sure to have your camera at the ready. For a less crowded spot, follow the route to the next lookout, which most visitors miss. After passing some seriously scenic shoreline, spot Rabbit Island just off the coast and learn about the utterly failed rabbit farm that once operated here. Then come to Waimānalo Beach, the perfect stop for anyone seeking a little seclusion. As you approach the town of Kailua, hear a dramatic account of the Battle of Nu’uanu. If you’re a kayaker, you won’t want to miss Kailua’s beach. Up next, catch a glimpse of the last remaining Heiau on Oahu. These ancient temples were deeply sacred to the Hawaiians and still hold a great deal of significance today. Find a trail to one of Oahu’s famous waterfalls. If you’re craving more nature, the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden will be just ahead, offering a staggering 400 acres of carefully cultivated flora. You might not expect a huge Buddhist temple in Hawaii, but that’s the next stop! After checking out the Byodo-In Temple, reach the Kualoa Ranch that’s become a Hollywood favorite. Wildlife enthusiasts will love what comes next: a huge wildlife refuge and Turtle Beach, frequented by the enormous Hawaiian green sea turtles. Then, head to Sunset Beach, the perfect spot to catch the day’s final rays of light. Later, head to the historic Dole Plantation, where the tour concludes.

From Honolulu: North Shore of Oahu Tour

7. From Honolulu: North Shore of Oahu Tour

Explore the North Shore of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Visit one of the best surfing locations on the island, as well as the historic town of Haleiwa, with some time to relax on a scenic beach. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu and drive towards the North Shore area of the island. First, stop at the Pali Lookout to admire a breathtaking view of the East Shore of Oahu. Next, see the Chinaman's Hat islet off the shore at Kualoa Beach Park, a popular photo opportunity. Head to Laniakea Beach where turtles can be seen basking in the sun and playing in the surf. Then, stop at one of the best surfing beaches on the island, where you may spot pros riding the waves. Arrive in the historic town of Haleiwa, where you can take some time for lunch and shopping. Then it's time to soak up the sun and hang out at Haleiwa Beach Park. After some time relaxing on the beach, head towards the North Shore Coffee Farm for a short visit. Finally, relax on the journey back to Honolulu, with drop-off at your accommodation.

Frequently asked questions about Kaneohe Culture & History

What are other things to do than Culture & History that are worth visiting in Kaneohe?

The other unmissable things to do in Kaneohe are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Kaneohe

Want to discover all there is to do in Kaneohe? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Kaneohe

Jose the tour guide was nice and very knowledgable! Lots of great activities and sights to see! Very convenient to be picked up/dropped off right at the hotel. Would highly recommend to other travelers, will try other tours offered by Jose in the future!

Humu was a fantastic guide. He was fun & full of information. He joked, seemed to care about us & treated us all like family. The group was small so that we could hear Humu & each other’s questions.

This was a laid back tour with plenty of time to see the turtles and a cute town with lots of charm. Our tour guide Jose, was knowledgeable, easy going, and very patient with us older folks.

This is a must for first time visitor. Gives an overall idea of what is available on these island.

It was a great tour and our guide was excellent in every way!