Waikiki, perhaps the most famous beach on the islands, is on the West side of Oahu. It certainly deserves its reputation but if you have time you should visit the East side of the island. Here you will find Makapu’u Beach, known to the locals as “Maks.” As you drive from Honolulu around the Makapu’u Point Lookout, find a spot to pull over and take a moment to enjoy one of the most scenic views of the Windward side of Oahu. Enjoy the stunning hillside that leads up to the Makapu’u Lighthouse and the spectacular view of Makapu’u Beach Park. When you reach the Park you will be rewarded with a view from the parking lot of a beautiful white beach against a deep blue ocean and a black mountain. These are the views that make you want to come to Hawaii.
The day we visited the area was relatively uncrowded. Alla painted from a bluff above the beach. A small crowd was surfing but surfing here is not for rookies. The waves can be rough and the beach is noted for riptides in the winter. I explored the tidal pools, soaked up some sun and went across the highway to Sea Life Park for a snack.
Our daughter had recommended a hike up to the Makapu’u Lighthouse via a 1 mile paved path. We considered the idea after Alla had finished painting but the day had started to heat up and we decided it would be best to return another day to make take the hike early in the morning. We will be back to visit Makapu’u Beach Park and continue to explore the East side of Oahu.