Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all that the island of Oahu has to offer right outside your apartment door. The state of Hawaii hosts a unique blend of history, culture, and nature that cannot be found anywhere else. Check out these amazing low-cost activities you can enjoy this summer on Oahu:
The Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu offer beauty, serenity, and a place where you can enjoy quality time with nature, family, and friends. This 24-acre privately-owned park is also home to the Kamehameha V Cottage, which was once the home of Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, later crowned King Kamehameha V. Moanalua Gardens also contains the distinctive Hitachi tree, which has been the logo for Hitachi Electronics for over 40 years. This tree, which is registered as an Exceptional Tree, is a large monkeypod tree—one of four on the property. Oahu’s annual Prince Lot Hula Festival also takes place at the Moanalua Gardens. This year, the 37th Prince Lot Hula Festival will be held on July 19, 2014, from 9am-4pm—make sure to mark it on your calendar!
Pūpūkea Beach Park
Pūpūkea Beach Park is a Marine Life Conservation District located just north of Waimea Bay. This park features two swimming areas: Shark’s Cove and Three Tables. Shark’s cove is a low-surf area perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, where you’ll also discover a network of unique tide pools to explore at low tide. At the southern end of Pūpūkea Beach Park, the shallower Three Tables swimming area is perfect for snorkeling near the beach. Farther out, scuba divers can explore lava tubes and rock formations in the 45-foot-deep waters. Other popular activities at Pūpūkea Beach Park include fishing, bodyboarding, sunning, and swimming.
Pearl Harbor is one of the most renowned historical sites in Hawaii. It is the place where the Japanese attacked the United States Navy in 1941, prompting the US’s entry into World War II. Today, visitors can explore both the site of the attack and numerous ships and wrecks, including the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin, and the USS Missouri, where the official surrender of Japan took place to end the war. The Pearl Harbor Historical Site also contains a free two-part museum you can explore at your own pace. Nearby, you can also tour the Pacific Aviation Museum, which houses some of the original hangars that still sport glass windowpanes shot out during the attack.
Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument
Located just off of Kamehameha Highway near Wahiawa and the world-famous Dole Plantation is the Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument. This historical site is one of the most culturally-significant places in the state of Hawaii. Once reserved only for Hawaiian royalty, today all visitors can walk in the place where Hawaiian high chiefs preferred their children—and future successors—to be born. Two of the most famous Hawaiian figures born at this site are the chiefs Kakuhihewa and Kualii. Additionally, it is believed that the designs and shapes that decorate many of the stones act like a “Hawaiian Stonehenge,” providing a way to track celestial and terrestrial changes throughout the year.
You can visit these amazing places and many more easily from your Kapolei apartment at Kalaeloa Rental Homes. Our premier location offers easy access to Ewa Beach, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, and more. You can learn more about experiencing a true island lifestyle in your two-, three-, or four-bedroom Hawaiian apartment by clicking through our website or stopping by in person for a tour.