Laie Point State Wayside Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Posted by - June 22, 2011 | Category: Escapes, North America, United States

Sometimes, the places that strike your fancy are the ones that you have never heard of.  Such was the case with Laie Point State Wayside Park just outside the town of Laie in Oahu, Hawaii.

Laie Point Wayside Park View

It’s not what you usually picture when you think of the word “park” – there are no picnic tables or benches, no campsites or pigeons, no entrance fees or park rangers.  It’s small, it’s rocky, and it seems at odds with the run-of-the-mill residential street it juts out from. But it is fierce.

Laie Point Wayside Park LaniloaUnrelenting waves, craggy rock formations, and winds strong enough to power a small village make this a darn good place to get your nature on.

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There’s a pretty nifty Hawaiian legend to go along with it. A plaque at the entrance to the site tells the tale of “Laniloa the Mo’o”.

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Here’s the text of the plaque so you don’t kill your eyes…

Laniloa, The Mo’o
A Legend of Oahu

This point of land that extends out into the ocean is called Laniloa. According to legend. This peninsula was originally a “Mo’o” or giant lizard. Standing upright ready to kill any intruder.

After Kana (a legendary warrior) and his brother had rescued their mother from Moloka’i and had taken her back to Hawaii. Kana set out on a journey to kill all the Mo’o in the islands. In time, he arrived in La’ie where the Mo’o had been killing many people. Kana easily defeated the Mo’o taking its head. He chopped it into five pieces and flung them into the ocean.

The pieces of the lizard’s head can still be seen today as five small islands lying off-shore their original names were Kihewamoku, Moluaaniwa, Pulemoku, Malualai and Keauakaluapa’a’a.

Source: “Hawaiian Legends” by William Rice, Bishop Museum Bulletin, Honolulu, HI 1923.

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There’s a wealth of amazing sites around the city of Honolulu and the island of Oahu, but this was one of the relative few free from the throngs of people competing for space.

Check it out if you find yourself longing for a cool ocean breeze and some good alone time.

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27 comments - add one
  1. I’m so glad you found this place and actually loved it. At one point, only locals went there; fishing mostly. But now hoards of tourist buses can also be seen making a quick stop to see the powerful waves that often break along those shores. And when they’re really, really powerful during the winter time, that rock formation on your second photo down has several blow holes that shoots up geysers of water from the ocean. Good for you that you got to visit it!

  2. Oahu has some beautiful tucked away spots. Let me know if you go back. I lived there for three yrs, I can recommend some favorites.

  3. Love watching the ocean play with the rocks. Really makes you humble to see the power of nature. Thanks for sharing. Hawaii is on my bucket list.


      1. It was very laid back – borderline boring. But the food was amazing and we were just there to chill out so we didn’t mind. Have also heard good things about Kauai and the Big Island

    1. It’s so worth it. The wind and the crash of the waves make it hard to hear anything, but it’s one of those places where you don’t need words anyway…

  4. Wow, it’s gorgeous, love all those rock formations. I’ve never been to Hawaii (it’s a long way from Western Australia) but it’s definitely on my list.

    Thanks for linking up at Not A Ballerina’s Weekend Wanderings!


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