Kaneohe is nestled between the picturesque Koolau mountain range and the glittering turquoise Pacific Ocean waters. Kaneohe is one of two large towns on the Windward side of the island (the other being Kailua).
Standing proud as a medium-coastal town, Kaneohe with its 16,000 homes & condos and 36,000 residents, boasts some of the most expensive real estate in America. This is due to its lush appearance, with aquatic and botanical offerings that draw admiring tourists and residents from the entire island. Here, one can choose to spend their time at three golf courses, a large shopping mall or go fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or chilling at the popular sandbar.
Additional attractions of this town are the historical and elegant Byodo-in Japanese temple, and a postcard favorite, the famously huge Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens. The temple was built in the 1960s as an exact replica of a 900-year-old temple in Kyoto Japan to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Japanese immigrants moving to Hawaii. The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright said the original temple in Japan was one of the most beautiful buildings ever made, this exact copy and its evergreen scenery is a sight to behold. The garden features multiple picnic and camping areas, ducks, a pond, a giant bell to ring, and a lot of tropical flowers and vegetation.
The commute to Honolulu can be a bit longer, at least from a local’s perspective, where the average of 31 minutes is considered “long”. Other than that, it's really not necessary to leave Kaneohe for groceries, banking, service needs, etc.