Waimea Bay has long been one of the most popular beaches on Oahu. During the summer months, the calm water and gorgeous sand makes this one of the greatest beaches to spend a day at and go for long, leisurely swims. During the winter months, this is one of the best beaches to watch kamikaze surfers risk bodily harm by surfing the towering waves that break in this Bay. Waimea (which means sacred water or red water), has seen a lot of history. The valley was a huge settlement for the Hawaiian people due to its fresh water and abundant supply of fish. Captain Cook’s ships, the Discovery and Resolution, anchored in Waimea Bay in 1779 after Captain Cook had been killed at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island.