10 Things to do in Kapolei That You Shouldn't Miss

November 25, 2021 Chanda Heide

Kapolei, named for the volcanic cone Pu'u o Kapolei (loosely meaning "hill of beloved Kapo"), is locally known as Oahu's "second city" after Honolulu. Built on former sugarcane and pineapple plantations, Kapolei is an affluent and vibrant city that is growing rapidly. It has an ever-changing urban scene as well as the Ko Olina resort and marina community and the Disney Aulani Resort. Sportsmen can play a round of golf at the Ko Olina Golf Club before a sophisticated evening on the town.
Restaurants in Kapolei

1. Ko Olina Marina

92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-4293 +1 808-679-1050 [email protected] http://www.koolinamarina.com/
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Ko Olina Marina

Also a resort area. Includes of a golf course, restaurants, shops, and the Marriott Ihilani.

2. Ko Olina Lagoons

Kapolei, Oahu, HI
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,739 reviews

Ko Olina Lagoons

Reviewed By bonniebO1974MY - Littlestown, United States

These lagoons are so beautiful and create a spot for enjoying the the water in a safe place. Definitely good for families with children! There is a chapel at the first one, right beside the Disney Resort where sometimes you may catch a glimpse of a wedding party!! Akso, as you approach the lagoon ares, you will pass by the golf course and please look for the black swans in the water on the course!! Wonderful and unusual to see!!!

3. Paradise Cove Beach

92-1089 Aliinui Dr, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-2210
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 363 reviews

Paradise Cove Beach

Reviewed By 716jayl

This is a natural reef-sheltered lagoon (unlike the Ko Olina artificial lagoons to the south) has good (not excellent) visibility, good fish, and frequent Honu (Green Sea Turtle) visits. Based on area snorkeling guides, we arrived a little after early afternoon low tide for 3 days running and saw 2 different Honu within 45 minutes of arrival each time. 2 of the days non-swimming companions had close (less than 1m) enounters with Honu, just wading in the shallow sandy bottom on the south end of the lagoon, never even wetting their hair. :-) Honu photos in other reviews are very representative. The inlet to the lagoon is shallow rocky shelf, novices should stay well clear of that. Nice mix of locals/tourists, couples/families. Good friendly vibe. Limited parking (covered in the Q&A section) keeps it uncrowded.

4. Kahe Point Beach Park

92-301 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Kahe Point Beach Park

Reviewed By elizabeth534 - San Francisco, United States

This area is also called Electric Beach because it's across the street from the power plant. It's about a 6-min drive from the Ko Olina resorts. The water and view was beautiful. The entry point is challenging so not recommended for kids.

5. Ko'Olina Beach Park

92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-4293
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Ko'Olina Beach Park

Reviewed By Hunter1107 - Tiverton, United States

We stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina (2nd time) and it is a sight to be seen; absolutely beautiful! Highly recommend, a bit off the beaten path (from downtown Honolulu) but worth the drive. Much quieter than downtown.

91-1299 Midway Street, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-2106 +1 808-682-3982 [email protected] http://www.nambp.org
Excellent
93%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Naval Air Museum Barbers Point

Naval Air Museum Barbers Point was founded in January 1999 and is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are not federally funded. The museum is staffed by volunteers and is solely supported by private donations, tours and school groups to continue operations. Your donations go directly to the upkeep and preservation of our historical collection. This includes paint, materials, tires, etc. Naval Air Museum Barbers Point is located on the west side of the island of Oahu, tucked away at the Kalaeloa Airport. Since 1999, we have been welcoming school groups, tourists, and local enthusiasts each month to experience this slice of Naval aviation history in Hawaii. Our museum is unique because it is hands-on. Most aircraft are open to get inside to see and learn about the mission of the crew, creating an unparalleled experience.

Reviewed By nitsirtd

Amazing artifacts. Highly recommend getting the audio machine that comes with the ticket when asked. Also make sure you bring your own plug in type headphones for it or you’ll be holding it to your ear. One of many amazing museums in Pearl Harbor!

7. Ka Makana Ali'i

91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-5000 +1 808-628-4800 http://www.kamakanaalii.com/
Excellent
16%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 74 reviews

Ka Makana Ali'i

8. Wet'n'Wild Hawaii

400 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-2020 +1 808-674-9283 [email protected] http://www.wetnwildhawaii.com/
Excellent
21%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
15%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 644 reviews

Wet'n'Wild Hawaii

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii is Hawaii’s biggest ‘n’ best water park and #1 family attraction. Located in Oahu’s “Second City” of Kapolei, the park features more than 25 exhilarating attractions for families and thrill seekers alike. Adrenaline addicts can enjoy slides like Shaka –plunging guests down a 36 foot drop almost vertically; or Tornado, which catapults guests through a swirling 45-foot funnel. The park also features tamer attractions like Water World Playground, an interactive children’s area and Hawaiian Waters, a 400,000-gallon wave pool.

Reviewed By orkex007

We had the best time celebrating a birthday weekend at Wet "N" Wild. The premium deluxe package includes the locker, souvenir towel, da flowrider, soft drinks all day and a delicious buffet lunch which I definitely would recommend. No outside food or beverages are allowed in, they check bags! Da flowrider was so fun, it was hilarious watching my friends on it! Will definitely go back, Can't wait to spend another fun filled day at Wet "N" Wild.

9. Barbers Point Beach Park

Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707
Excellent
17%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
17%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 29 reviews

Barbers Point Beach Park

10. Rainbow Reef

92-1185 Aliinui Dr Aulani Resort, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-4434 +1 866-443-4763 http://www.disneyaulani.com/activities/rainbow-reef/
Excellent
63%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Teenagechef - Midway, United States

A wonderful array of fish. Staff was great and very friendly. Could do with better snorkeling equipment, but overall: excellent.

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