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Makaha is the place to go if you want to experience the "real" Hawaii in an area that doesn't get much tourism. Makaha is located on the less visited western side of Oahu, but don't let the isolation deter you because there is plenty to do here. The beach of Makaha is long and wide and never crowded, and is excellent for swimming on calm days, but should be avoided in wintertime when the waves are quite large and dangerous, sometimes reaching 25 feet high. Makaha Beach County Park is marked by a headland known as "Lahi Lahi," and is famous for the international surfing contest held there each year. In the Makaha area, you will also find snorkeling, surfing, deep-sea fishing, golf, or you can watch dolphins and turtles frolicking in the sea, and in season, it's a great place for whale watching. Explore the countryside and visit Land's End, near Kaene Point, the westernmost point on Oahu. This area is only accessible by foot or on horseback. Makaha Town offers several ethnic restaurants and a variety of lodging, and just minutes away in the town of Waianae, you'll find plenty of shopping and fine dining, a resort spa and theater, and luau. If you tire of the peace and quiet on this side of the island, the nightlife of Honolulu and Waikiki is just a 55-minute drive away.

Surrounding areas: Waianae, Hawaii (2.8 mi), Maili, Hawaii (3.9 mi), Mokuleia, Hawaii (8.1 mi), Waialua, Hawaii (9.1 mi), Haleiwa, Hawaii (10.5 mi), Ko Olina, Hawaii (11.3 mi), Kapolei, Hawaii (11.9 mi)

Makaha Vacation Rentals

Makaha Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Makaha Resort & Golf Club84-626 Makaha Valley RdWaianae, HI (808) 695-7534
Marriott JW Ihilani Resort92-1001 Olani StKapolei Oahu, HI10.3 mi.(800) 535-4028
Inn At Schofield Barracks563 Kolekole AveWahiawa, HI10.4 mi.(808) 624-9650
Inn At Schofield BarracksHolehole AveWahiawa, HI12.4 mi.(808) 624-9650
Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel3401 N Nimitz HwyHonolulu, HI20.9 mi.(808) 836-0661
Best Western The Plaza Hotel3253 Nimitz HwyHonolulu, HI21.2 mi.(808) 836-3636
Hilton Turtle Bay Golf & Tennis Resort57-091 Kamehamaha HwyKahuku, HI22.3 mi.(808) 293-8811
Resort Quest At The Executive Centre Hotel1088 Bishop StHonolulu, HI25.1 mi.(808) 539-3000
Ala Moana HotelAtkinson DrHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 955-4811
Aston At The Waikiki Banyan201 Ohua Ave # 406-2Honolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 922-0555
Aston Honolulu Prince HotelNahua StHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 922-1616
Aston Waikiki Circle HotelKalakaua AveHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 923-1571
Best Western Plaza HotelN Nimitz HwyHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 836-3636
Coconut Plaza HotelLewers StHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 923-8828
Colony's Pacific ManarchUluniu AveHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 923-9805
Colony's Poipu Kai ResortPoipu RdHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 742-2229
Coral Reef HotelKuhio AveHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 932-1262
Ewa Kai Apartment HotelKuhina StHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 689-7946
Halekulani HotelKalia RdHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 923-2311
Hanalei Bay ResortHonoiki RdHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 826-6522
Hawaii Dynasty HotelAla Moana BlvdHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 955-1111
Kuhio Village Resort HotelKuhio AveHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 591-2235
Ohana Surf2280 Kuhlo AveHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(800) 462-6262
Outrigger Ala Wai TerraceAla Moana BlvdHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(800) 688-7444
Outrigger Waikiki Surf-westLewers StHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(800) 733-7777
Pleasant Holiday Isle HotelLewers StHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 923-0777
Princeville An Itt Sheraton Luxury HotelPrincevilleHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 826-9644
Royal Garden At WaikikiOlohana StHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 943-0202
Sheraton Moana SurfriderKalakaua AveHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 922-3111
Sheraton Waikiki HotelKalakaua AveHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 922-4422
The Kauai MarriottKalapaki BCHHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 245-5050
Waikiki Parc HotelHelumoa RdHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 921-7272
Waikiki Royal SuitesBeachwalk StHonolulu, HI25.5 mi.(808) 926-5641
Schraders Windward Marine ResortLihikai DrKaneohe, HI26.6 mi.(808) 239-5711
Hawaii Polo Inn1696 Ala Moana BlvdHonolulu, HI27.0 mi.(808) 669-7719
Ohana Ala Wai Tower Annex1700 Ala Moana BlvdHonolulu, HI27.0 mi.(800) 462-6262
Ohana Ala Wai Tower1700 Ala Moana BlvdHonolulu, HI27.0 mi.(800) 462-6262
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki And Golf Club100 Holomoana BlvdHonolulu, HI27.1 mi.(808) 956-1111
Ohana Waikiki Hobron343 Hobron LnHonolulu, HI27.1 mi.(800) 462-6262
Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel1777 Ala Moana BlvdHonolulu, HI27.1 mi.(808) 949-3811

Makaha Weather & Climate

Oahu has a tropical climate, with only two seasons - winter and summer. By some people's standards, the climates should be spring and summer. Temperatures vary little, and winter is only slightly cooler and wetter than summer. Visitors encounter more variations in temperatures between elevations and location on the islands than from seasons. The east sides of the islands are wetter due to exposure from prevailing northeasterly tradewinds, which brings more rain to the eastern shores. The west sides, or "leeward," tend to be much drier. The sunny western side of Oahu is no exception, and it receives most of its rain October through March. Summer months receive very little to no precipitation. Hawaii's latitude is in the tropics, which means the length of day is relatively uniform throughout the year. In wintertime, winds from the southwest, called "Konas" sometimes bring heavier rainstorms, but severe storms, such as hurricanes, are rare.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 78°F 64°F 3.54 in. 76°F
February 78°F 64°F 2.66 in. 76°F
March 79°F 65°F 1.59 in. 77°F
April 80°F 66°F 0.85 in. 77°F
May 82°F 67°F 0.81 in. 78°F
June 85°F 69°F 0.63 in. 79°F
July 85°F 70°F 0.63 in. 80°F
August 86°F 71°F 0.56 in. 81°F
September 86°F 71°F 0.94 in. 82°F
October 85°F 70°F 2.96 in. 81°F
November 82°F 68°F 2.57 in. 78°F
December 79°F 67°F 3.19 in. 77°F

Makaha Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kalaeloa airport (JRF) located about 14 miles southeast of Makaha in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Makaha Attractions

Water Parks
Hawaiian WaterworksEwa BeachHI16.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Mililani Golf CourseOahuHI12.1 mi.
Ewa Villages Golf CourseOahuHI13.8 mi.
Waikele Golf ClubOahuHI13.9 mi.
West Loch Golf CourseOahuHI13.9 mi.
Pearl Country ClubOahuHI18.6 mi.
Kahuku Golf CourseOahuHI22.6 mi.
Pali Golf CourseOahuHI28.1 mi.
Ala Wai Golf CourseOahuHI28.3 mi.
State Parks
Keaiwa Heiau State ParkHI20.8 mi. 
Kahana Valley State ParkHI21.2 mi. 
Sand Island State ParkHI24.5 mi. 
He‘eia State ParkHI26.1 mi. 
Honolulu Stadium State ParkHI28.3 mi. 
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & ParkHonoluluHI25.5 mi.(History)
Hawaii Museum of FlyingHonoluluHI25.5 mi.(Technology)
Contemporary MuseumHonoluluHI25.5 mi.(Art)
Honolulu Academy of ArtHonoluluHI25.5 mi.(Art)
Bishop MuseumHonoluluHI25.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Honolulu ZooHonoluluHI25.5 mi.
Waikiki AquariumWaikikiHI27.1 mi.

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