Lanikai. In the Hawaiian language it means "royal sea" or "heavenly sea." And a royally, heavenly beach it is. The Mokulua Islands offshore are protected nesting sites for sea birds. Kayakers can visit the larger island on day trips.
Lanikai is one of the best beaches for swimming on Oahu with clear, calm water and some good spots for snorkelling. It's also quiet and off the beaten path. Everybody loves it.
This is Kailua Beach, which is just up the road from Lanikai and another fabulous windward Oahu beach popular with kiteboarders, windsurfers and kayakers.
This little island is further north, still off the windward coast. It is called Chinaman's Hat.
And the beautiful Pali cliffs overlooking the windward coast.
Aloha and Mahalo Oahu.