Things to Do in Kai, Hawaii

Things to Do in Kai, Hawaii
Kai, Hawaii, is a primarily residential neighborhood in the city and county in Honolulu. This large community, located on the Pacific Ocean, has numerous natural landscapes that appeal to outdoor lovers. The cliffs, national parks, botanical gardens and beaches create a setting conducive to outdoor activities such as hiking and water sports.


The Hawaii Kai Golf Course, in East Honolulu, is located 13 miles from Waikiki. The 6,500-yard, par-72 championship course gives you a view of Maui, Molokai and the Pacific Ocean. You see dolphins prepared to give birth when you play golf during the winter months. The tropical ocean winds challenge your shot accuracy and distance. The executive course is 2,223 yards, par-54 and characterized by sloping greens ideal for putting and chipping. This course encompasses the Makapuu Cliffs, KoKo Head Volcano and the Oahu coastline. The course has weekly and twilight green fees. You can rent clubs and shoes at the facility. The Queen's Beach Restaurant Banquet Facilities faces East Oahu.

Hawaii Kai Golf Course
8902 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
(808) 395-2358

Tour Botanical Garden

The Koko Crater Botanical Garden, open from sunrise to sunset, is located in the Kalama Valley in Hawaii Kai. The 1 1/2 hour self-guided tour takes you over 60 acres of trails and exotic and native plant life. Plants are divided into four geographical areas--The Americas, Hawaii, Madagascar and Africa. These botanical wonders include cacti, alluaudias, sansevierias, baobabs, dryland palms, aloes, euphorbia and adeniums. The wiliwili tree, a native species in Hawaii, is protected under the Exceptional Tree Act 105 in Hawaii. The Department of Parks and Recreation recommends that you don't touch unfamiliar plants or put them in your mouth on your walking tour to prevent reactions.

Honolulu Botanical Gardens
Department of Parks and Recreation
50 N. Vineyard Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(808) 522-7060

Go to Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Park, a mile away from Kamala Valley in Kai, is a popular location for people who what to avoid crowded beaches. The beach is good for body boarding and bodysurfing because of the hard-breaking waves. The beach is at the base of Koko Crater and has a steep foreshore. Lifeguards are on duty in case of injury from strong rip currents and hard crashing waves. Adhere to all warning signs when hitting the water, and don't swim in areas in sight of lifeguards.

Sandy Beach Park
8800 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
(808) 395-2211

Article Written By Cicely A. Richard

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.