Makaha is not fancy at all
and is still very rural with unspoiled, non-crowded natural beauty nestled between majestic mountains and the white
sandy beaches and aquamarine ocean. Makaha is populated by an eclectic mix of all income levels and many cultural heritages,
though it is predominantly "locals"-- all part of its charm. Leeward Coast has the largest population of native
Hawaiians on Oahu. That makes us special! It is not uncommon to see a quonset hut next to an multi-million dollar house.
Makaha's warm and wonderfully friendly folks are happy to share their slice of Paradise with you if you embrace the local
culture and wear a smile with a happy attitude. You might just make some new native Hawaiian friends. The Aloha Spirit
is alive and well in Makaha!
Makaha has lots of fast food restaurants, several ethnic restaurants, and a few
other treats! Our condos are located about a mile or two (depends on condo) from grocery stores, drug stores, banks,
post office, gas stations, small retail stores, kayak /surfboard rentals, basic workout gym, internet cafe, and souvenir-type
shops. Makaha's golf club has a restaurant and is very nearby. Fine dining is about 20 minutes away at Ko'Olina and
Ihi'lani with several more restaurants in nearby Kapolei.
You can choose total R & R on our virtually isolated
beaches far from the hustle and bustle, or golfing to your heart's content at our oceanview course within sight of the condos,
or you can make Makaha your headquarters for island-wide excursions. Whatever you want, we have! Most of our guests say, "Yes,
we did the Waikiki thing, but we were sooo glad to get back 'home' to Makaha and real Hawaii."
OAHU'S LEEWARD COAST
It’s only 25 miles from from Waikiki to Oahu’s Leeward Coast, but they may as well be in another universe. Located on the coastal side of the Waianae Mountain
Range, the Leeward Coast is everything Waikiki is not: untamed and wide open.
Geologists conclude the Waianae
mountains were formed about three million years ago. Its tallest peak, Mount Kaala, rises 4,017 feet from the ocean, making
it the highest point on the island.
Leeward Oahu includes the communities of Waipahu, Ewa and Nanakuli to the
coast of Maili, Waianae and Makaha. The climate is generally dry and sunny, and the coastline offers pristine white sand beaches
that are prime spots for swimming, snorkeling and fishing. The Leeward beaches also provide the best seat in the house for
the island’s most spectacular free show: sunset.
A worthwhile stop in Waipahu is Hawaii’s Plantation
Village, an outdoor museum that tells the story of life on Hawaii’s sugar plantations. Here, restored buildings and
replicas of plantation structures form a sort of living museum. Between 1852 and 1946, approximately 395,000 people from Japan,
Korea, Portugal, China, Puerto Rico and other places came to Hawaii to work in the sugar fields and lived in "camps"
or villages just like these.
The winter months bring some of the world’s best surfers to the Leeward Coast,
as large waves roll toward Makaha and Yokohama beaches. One of Hawaii’s best-known surfing spots, Makaha Beach offers great action for both surfers and boogie-boarders. Yokohama Bay, the last sandy beach on the Leeward
Coast, represents one of few places on Oahu completely unspoiled by development.
It doesn’t require a leap
of any kind to discover the beauty of Oahu’s west side. While few visitors make the trip to the Leeward Coast, those
who do are rewarded with a generous taste of "local Hawaii."
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