If you find yourself having a day trip on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Laie Point is definitely a stop worth your time. Officially called Laie Point State Park, this natural landmark is unlike any other on the island. Here’s everything you need to know about your visit.
What Is Laie Point?
For a long time, the stunning views of Laie Point were a local secret. Now this peninsula in the Pacific Ocean is beginning to gain a bit of popularity.
As with many of Hawaii’s natural landmarks, there’s a Hawaiian legend to go with it. According to the legend, there was a giant lizard who lived in Laie, who would kill anyone who dared to trespass on its property. Then, when a legendary warrior named Kana and his brother returned home to Oahu from the island of Molokai after rescuing their mother, Kana decided he would get rid of all of the giant lizards in the Hawaiian Islands. So he went to Laie, where he easily defeated the giant lizard. Then, he chopped up its head into five pieces and tossed it into the ocean, which then become the five islands you can see from Laie Point.
Where Is Laie Point?
Laie Point is located on the North Shore of Oahu in a little town called Laie. Rather than being on the main road, it is tucked away in a little residential area, so for a while, it went rather unnoticed. Because Laie Point is in a residential area, the parking is rather limited. There are only about eight or so parking spaces. If there are no spots, please patiently wait for someone to pull out, rather than blocking the driveways of the locals who live in the area.
How Can I Get to Laie Point?
As with most Oahu sites that are a bit off the beaten path, the easiest way to access Laie Point is by car. However, it isn’t too hard to reach Laie Point by public bus! If you get off at the Kamehameha Highway and Anemoku Street stop, it’s only a half a mile way to Laie Point.
What Is There to Do at Laie Point?
Check Out the Views
Easily my favorite thing to do at Laie Point is check out the view. No matter what the weather, it’s consistently stunning. The waves crashing onto the jagged rocks are a breathtaking sight. And let’s not forget about those fun-shaped islands just right off the coast.
Just be sure not to get too close to the edge when checking out the views. As I’ve said time and time again, the ocean is a powerful force. So you don’t want to be standing on the edge and get swept into the ocean by a big wave. So keep your eye on the tide and don’t get too close to the edge.
Try Out Your Photography Skills
Each time you visit Laie Point, odds are you’ll catch a glimpse of an amateur photographer or two. I mean, with such a beautiful landscape to capture, it’s hard to capture a bad shot. So why not try out your photography skills here?
This is also the perfect place to get a great group or couples’ photo of your trip to Hawaii! There won’t be hordes of crowds in the background, and you’ll still get a stunning ocean view in the picture! Plus, one of the amateur photographers hanging out have to know how to get a good shot.
Do a Little Fishing
In addition to the amateur photographers, you’ll probably also see a couple of local fishermen. They’ll perch themselves out on the point with a line or two cast out into the water, and they’ll just sit and wait. Maybe see what they’re enjoying so much and do a little fishing yourself! Who knows? Maybe you’ll even reel something in!
After Waimea Bay, Laie Point is up there as one of the most popular places to cliff jump on Oahu. That said, please ask a local who is present where exactly to cliff jump at Laie Point. If you try to jump at another part of the point, it can be very dangerous. The prime cliff-jumping area is on the right side when you enter, towards the very beginning. (Don’t walk far out at all.) Because it’s very hard to describe the precise location of where to cliff jump at Laie Point, once again, please ask a local who is present!
Also, have some discretion before cliff jumping. If you think, “hmm, those waves look pretty high,” don’t jump in. The tide changes depending on the time of day and on the time of year. So if you see that the water is rather calm, go for it! If it’s not so calm, maybe check if the tide will go down in the near future.
*Bonus: In the film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Mila Kunis and Jason Segel cliff jump here!
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