Pualani Oahu

Feet on the BeachPu'uhonua O' Malaekahana (place of refuge) is magical, giving people a place to meditate and dream. People from all over the world are drawn here to heal, physically and emotionally.

A renowned healer, Manuwahi, called Malaekahana home. As a Kumu (teacher) in the Hawaiian art of Huna and the medicinal uses of plants and herbs, he was the local Kahuna. Manuwahis' spirit is still felt and held in this land today.

Malaekahana Beach is described as a hidden gem, known mostly to the local Hawaiians. The beach is a mile long and offers great swimming, boogie boarding, and beginner-level surfing. The surf is calm during the summer and stronger during the winter, but nothing like the other beaches for which the north shore is known.

Goat Island, located 720 feet off of Malaekahana Beach is a must visit at low tide. The guidebook Oahu Revealed gives Goat Island a "Real Gem" ranking. The island "has two beaches of its own, and the one to the left is fantastic. It's a classic, curving beach with awesome swimming thanks to the two points and an offshore reef...What a great getaway."

Beach ViewTurtle Bay is a full service resort. They have two golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding and a spa. There are two restaurants there that we recommend. Ola’s is on the beach and very nice and has good food. Lei Lei’s is the golf course restaurant and is casual but very good. It is recommended that you have reservations at either of these places.

Haleiwa is a cute town 25 minutes from here. It is a lovely drive past Turtle Bay and past the North Shore surfing beaches. You will go through the town of Sunset Beach as well as Waimea Bay. Jamison’s and Haleiwa Joe's are fun for lunch or dinner. Kua Aina is a great very casual burger place for lunch. This is a must stop for us! Walk around Haleiwa and enjoy the shops and stop at Aoki’s or Matsumoto’s for shave ice. There are two surf museums in Haleiwa which would also be a fun stop.

Oahu RevealedWe highly recommend the guidebook Oahu Revealed. The book is written by locals to Oahu who know all the best places to go, especially off the beaten path. This book is always with us when we are in Hawaii! It's available at most bookstores or Amazon.com for $10.85.