Pono Loa

old Hawai'i, the way it was meant to be

located in Ka'a'awa on the island of O'ahu

Included on this page are suggestions for BEACHES, ATTRACTIONS, MUSEUMS, RESTAURANTS, STATE PARKS, HOSPITALS and GROCERY, SUPERCENTER and DRUG STORES... please scroll down to view


People from Hawai'i have voted the following as the "best beaches on O'ahu"... click HERE for more info on beaches

  • Laniakea Beach 

    • One of the best places in the world to see marine turtles up close.  Hawaiian green turtles crawl ashore almost daily to bask amid crowds of tourists and surfers, providing a unique turtle experience and unmatched photo opportunities.  Please RESPECT the turtles - do not bother them!

  • Electric Beach 

    • "Best easy dive site on O'ahu. Lots of fish and marine life, nice facilities, etc... don't leave anything valuable in your car!"

  • Kaimana Beach:

    • "The sunsets are beautiful, it’s quiet and shady, a park is behind the beach (with restrooms nearby for kids), and parking is easy.

  • Kailua Beach:

    • "Perfect for swimming, kite sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, and even walking for miles with your dogs.

  • Pounders Beach

    • "The views are breathtaking, the surf is exhilarating, and it's where I go to put up my hammock and spend a lazy day watching my girls play in the sand!"

  • Sunset Beach

    • "It's very peaceful, the sand is deep, and you can walk for miles watching the amazing surf."

Attractions (click for google map)

Attraction Location Distance from
Pono Loa
Kualoa Ranch Kaaawa Valley 3 mi
Polynesian Cultural Center (best lu'au on O'ahu!) La'ie 9 mi
Brigham Young University & Mormon Temple La'ie 10 mi
Gunstock Ranch Kahuku 11 mi
North Shore's Sunset Beach North Shore 20 mi
Matsumoto's Shave Ice Hale'iwa 27 mi
Aloha Stadium
(swap meet Wed, Sat, Sun)
'Aiea 23 mi
Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Pearl Harbor 24 mi
Sea Life Park Waimanalu 25 mi
Makapu'u Light House Makapu'u Point 27 mi
Honolulu Zoo Honolulu 27 mi
Waikīkī Aquarium Waikīkī 27 mi
Dole Plantation Wahiawa 34 mi

Museums (click for google map)

Museum Location Distance from
Pono Loa
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (Hawaiian culture) Honolulu 20 mi
Honolulu Academy of Arts Honolulu 23 mi
Hawai'i Maritime Center Honolulu 23 mi
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park Honolulu 24 mi
Naval Air Museum Honolulu 36 mi

Restaurants (click for google map)

Restaurant Location Distance from
Pono Loa
Uncle Bobo's Ka'a'awa 150 ft
Crouching Lion Inn Ka'a'awa 1/2 mi
Aunty Pat's Cafe (Kualoa Ranch) breakfast/lunch Kualoa Ranch 3 mi
Wai'ahole Poi Factory (authentic hawaiian) Waiāhole 6 mi
Papa 'Ole's Hawaiian BBQ Kitchen (one of da best!)
Surfin' Tacos
Yoshimura Shrimp Truck
Hau'ula 7 mi
Ko'olau Shopping Center 10 mi
Hukilau Cafe La'ie 10 mi
Kahuku Grill Kahuku 12 mi
Hale'iwa Joe's at Haiku Gardens
Mui Kwai Chop Suey (chinese)
Pah Ke's (chinese)
Zia's Cafe (italian)
Genki Sushi (japanese)
Kāne'ohe 14 mi
Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen
Buzz's Original Steakhouse
Kailua 19 mi
Uncle's Fish Market & Grill Honolulu 22 mi
Sam Choy's (hawaiian) Honolulu 23 mi
Roy's Hawaiian Honolulu 26 mi

State Parks (click for google map)

State Park Location Distance from
Pono Loa
Ahupua'a 'o Kahana State Park Kahana 2 mi
Kualoa Regional Park Kualoa Point 3 mi
Sacred Falls State Park Pualu'u 6 mi
He'eia State Park Kāne'ohe 11 mi
Waimea Falls State Park Waimea 22 mi
Sand Island State Park Honolulu 24 mi
Keaiwa Heiau State Park 'Aiea 25 mi
Ka'ena State Park Ka'ena Point 37 mi

Hospitals (click for google map)

Hospital Location Distance from
Pono Loa
Hawai'i State Hospital
(808) 247-2191
Kāne'ohe 12 mi
Kahuku Hospital
(808) 293-9221
Kahuku 13 mi
Castle Medical Center
(808) 263-5500
Kāne'ohe 18 mi

Grocery, Supercenters, Drug Stores

Store Location Distance from
Pono Loa
7-Eleven convenience store Ka'a'awa 150 ft
Tamura's Grocery Hau'ula 7 mi
Times Supermarket
Ko'olau Shopping Center
Kāne'ohe 10 mi
Safeway Supermarket
46-065 Kamehameha Hwy
Kāne'ohe 12 mi
Long's Drug Store
46-047 Kamehameha Hwy
Kāne'ohe 13 mi
4380 Lawehana St
Honolulu 24 mi
700 Keeaumoku St
Honolulu 25 mi
1131 Kuala Street
Pearl City 26 mi