Ko'olau Mountain Range
One of the two mountain ranges that form the Island of Oahu, the Ko’olau mountain range can’t be missed. These iconic ridge lines have been featured in countless films and define the landscape of Northeast Oahu.
After exiting the tunnel on the Likelike Highway, the view of the coastline opens up with the mesmerizing Ko’olaus as the backdrop. High, sheer, and impossibly green, the Ko’olaus are a sight to behold. There are many opportunities for exploration, including a few hikes like Crouching Lion. At the base of these beauties lay quaint towns, dotting the coastline leading to the North Shore.
One town I suggest you stop through is Waiahole, specifically at the Waiahole Poi Factory. Contrary to what the name suggests, the Waiahole Poi Factory is a hole-in-the-wall eatery that serves plate lunches and fresh Hawaiian Poi. Poi, a creamy paste made of pounded taro, was an essential part of the ancient Hawaiian diet. Today, poi is often enjoyed as a desert with a pinch of sugar. If you find that poi isn’t to your taste, I urge you to give Kulolo a try. Kulolo is a mixture of taro and coconut– So Ono!