Area Overview

O’ahu is an island of endless contrasts, from ancient stone heiau (temples) to 21st-Century highrises. Geographically only the third largest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, it is nonetheless home to nearly three-quarters of the state’s 1.2 million residents — 370,000 of whom are concentrated in urban Honolulu, the ultra-modern, south-coast cityscape kama’aina (residents) refer to simply as “Town.”

But take a 45-minute drive to “Country” — the famed surfing mecca on the island’s north shore — and you’ll find sleepy Hale’iwa town (pop. 2,225) existing much as it has since it was established by missionaries in 1832.

Mokule’ia is also a North Shore community in the Waialua District, located on the sunnier, drier side of the island. Mokule’ia means “isle of abundance” in Hawaiian. As of the 2000 Census, the town had a total population of 1,839. Features of interest here include Mokule’ia Beach, Mokule’ia Polo Field, and Dillingham Airfield located west of the town. The fertile lands of Moluke’ia once supported a large population of farmers and fishermen. Mokule’ia is located immediately west of Waialua along the Farrington Highway, two and a half miles east of Kaena Point State Park, a popular destination. At the western end of Farrington Highway, approximately one mile beyond Dillingham Airfield entrance, begins the track (trail) to Ka’ena Point, the western-most tip of O’ahu. Kae’ena Point is one of the state’s best examples of coastal lowland and dune ecosystems. It was made a natural area reserve in 1983. Kae’ena Point is where the west and north shores meet, home to some of Hawaii’s largest waves.

During the winter, temperatures in the North Shore range between lows around 60F and highs of 79F. During the summer, temperatures range from 86F during the day to 66F at night.

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