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A Little About Makaha

Once an ahupua’a in old Hawaii, or a subdivision of land ruled by a native chief, the small town of Makaha is located on Oahu’s western shore and provides visitors a unique taste of local life.  Thirty-five miles west from the city of Honolulu, Makaha’s isolation yet close proximity to the beach, shopping, restaurants, and various attractions make it a hotspot for romantic getaways and an epicenter for water athletics.  For visitors, a number of hotels and resorts, like the Makaha Resort and Golf Club, the Makaha Valley Towers, Makaha Beach Cabanas, and the Makaha World Famous Surfing Retreat gives tourists the convenience of being close to the numerous attractions found in this unique Hawaiian town.     

Part of the rural town of Waianae and a short drive away from the community of Kapolei, Makaha Valley provides locals and visitors with an assortment of recreational activities. Because the area is very dry, lots of sun tan lotion and hydration is recommended.   Makaha Beach Park, with its calm waters during the summer and high waves during the winter, attracts body-borders, surfers, scuba divers, and swimmers to its surf.  Waves average a height of fifteen feet, and may reach up to thirty during the winter months, so it is advised that novice surfers refrain from entering the water during this time.  The Park’s annual surfing contest, founded by Buffalo Kaeulana in 1954, called the Buffalo Longboard Contest, attracts a number of professional surfers every year.  For another excellent surfing experience, a short drive from Makaha to the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore, where huge waves make it a surfer’s paradise.  With the backdrop of the green and majestic Waianae Mountain Range, which boasts Oahu’s highest peak, Mount Ka’ala, Makaha Beach Park is the ideal place to spend a relaxing day with the family, have a barbeque, watch the sunset on the sand with a loved one, or participate in any kind of recreational sport.  In addition to offering locals and tourists and excellent beaching experience, the park is also an ideal site for whale watching.  Opportunities to swim with dolphins are also an attraction in Makaha.  

 With its close proximity to the town of Kapolei, visitors have the opportunity to experience an unforgettable all-you-can-eat Germaine Luau of a variety of ethnic Hawaiian cuisines, like Kalua Pig, Chicken Long Rice, Poi, Lomilomi Salmon, and fish with complimentary sodas, tea, and coffee while enjoying a Polynesian dance show.  The cultures of Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa, and New Zealand comes center stage in a dazzling and unforgettable experience.   The Samoan knife dance continues to be the all-time crowd pleaser.  Visitors interested in a little Hawaiian history can also take a trip to Kaneaki Heiau Temple, dedicated to the native Hawaiian god of the harvest, Lono, which was restored by Bishop Museum archeologists in 1970.  The site is located on private property, but open to visitors by showing a driver’s license to guards at the gate. In addition, golfing and trips on horseback to Kaene Point are additional recreational activities available to locals and tourists.  The local eateries in the town serve an assortment of cuisines, including Hawaiian food and even international dishes.  Hannara Restaurant, Golden House Restaurant, L and L Drive in, Tacos and More LLC, and Pat’s Piggery are only some of the eateries available in Makaha to satisfy any craving.  

For those who wish to get a unique slice of local life away from the Honolulu, Makaha Valley is the ideal place.  It’s assortment of recreational activities, like participating in water athletics in the surf of Makaha Beach Park, to enjoying the numerous attractions in its proximity, Makaha valley is an excellent site for relaxation and fun. 

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