Kahana Valley

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About Kahana Valley

Description


Located in the heart of Oahu’s idyllic countryside is the magnificent Kahana Valley. It sits on the windward side of the Ko’olau Mountains just north of Kualoa Ranch and Ka’a'awa Valley.

At the mouth of the valley is Kahana Bay which is known for it’s calm clear waters, snorkeling, and soft white sand. On the north end of the bay is a small boat ramp which is popular for launching personal watercraft.

Oahu’s Kamehameha Highway passes Kahana Valley between the Crouching Lion and La’ie Point.

History


Kahana Valley is what the ancient Hawaiians called an Ahupua’a, which is a section of land, typically a valley, which runs from the peak of the mountain down to the sea shore.

Before the arrival of westerners to Hawaii, Kahana Valley was a thriving community. Rich soil made for excellent farming, streams were home to freshwater fish, and many species of native birds called the valley home.

These days Kahana Valley is a state park dedicated to preserving ancient Hawaiian traditions and culture.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Amenities: Restrooms, camping, photo opportunities.
  • Insider Tip: Be sure to bring a picnic lunch for a day at Kahana, there are no restaurants or stores within walking distance.
  • Fun Fact: Kahana Valley is one of the wettest spots on Oahu averaging nearly 300 inches of rain per year!
  • What to Expect: Stunning views, diverse flora and fauna, and a glimpse into ancient Hawaiian culture.
  • Pop Culture: In the highlands of Kahana Valley grows the Koa tree which is world renown and prized for having beautiful luster and grain.