Known for its traditional Hawaiian food feasts and laid back atmosphere, this coastal village on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, is a hub for tourists seeking the ultimate relaxation experience. Laie has a modest population and a variety of charming vacation homes for visitors to enjoy.
Laie’s visitors can look forward to days spent under the sun as Laie is home to the scenic Hukilau Beach Park, which offers an ideal place for swimming and white sandy beaches. It's also home to La'ie Beach Park and Pounders Beach, both of which offer great waves for surfing. Going further into the heart of the village, the Laie Falls Trail leads enthusiastic hikers to a slow-moving waterfall that's perfect for photographing and taking a dip. Visitors can also make their way to the site of the historic Laie Hawaii Temple to soak in some of Laie's rich history, or go shopping at Hukilau Marketplace, which is a large local marketplace that offers a variety of shops selling everything from iconic brand name clothing through to handmade crafts. After a day of entertainment, guests can relax by watching a movie at Laie Palm Cinemas, or getting a facial or massage at Paola Wellness Hale.
Many tourists choose to stay in one of Laie’s oceanfront cottages, but for visitors who want to be closer to the heart of town, there are a number of great central locations.
The best time to visit Laie is from September to December. During this time, there are fewer tourists and the weather is still warm and sunny.
The food in Laie is as rich as its coastal culture, the village offers numerous places to catch a quick bite of authentic Polynesian food. Seven Brothers, catering to the modern tourists, serves a variety of delicious burgers, while Giovanni’s Food Truck has the best coconut shrimp in all of Oahu. Angel’s Ice Cream, made popular by Michelle Obama, is a great place to stop for a tasty ice cream treat, as it specializes in homemade ice cream and offers a variety of cold delicacies such as ice cream filled snow cones.
Active Oahu Tours offers families the chance to bond on the open ocean by renting kayaks and taking a guided tour, while Gunstock Ranch offers hours of horseback riding that's suitable for family members of all ages and takes participants through Laie's most beautiful countryside.
The Hub Game Center is a popular family fun center for both residents and visitors, offering bowling, pool, table tennis, ping pong, video games, air hockey, snacks, and blackboards for creating large scale chalk drawings. Adventurous families can treat themselves to a day at Keana Farms Northshore Zipline, where they can spend three hours zip lining over the lush wilderness of Laie, and then stop to snack on farm-table bananas, tomatoes, and macadamia nuts before heading back out.