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 states 1.2 million
residents 370,000 of whom are concentrated in urban
Honolulu, the ultra-modern, south-coast cityscape kamaaina
(residents) refer to simply as Town.
But take a 45-minute drive to Country
the famed surfing mecca on the islands north
shore and youll find sleepy Haleiwa town
(pop. 2,225) existing much as it has since it was established
by missionaries in 1832.
is also a North Shore community in the Waialua District, located
on the sunnier, drier side of the island. Mokuleia 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 Mokuleia Beach, Mokuleia
Polo Field, and Dillingham Airfield located west of the town.
The fertile lands of Molukeia once supported a large
population of farmers and fishermen. Mokuleia 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 Kaena Point, the western-most tip of Oahu.
Kaeena Point is one of the states best examples
of coastal lowland and dune ecosystems. It was made a natural
area reserve in 1983. Kaeena Point is where the west
and north shores meet, home to some of Hawaiis largest
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.
Currently it is in