Every Hawaiian island has its own energy, its own feel. Oahu is no exception. Think of Oahu as the perfect primer to Hawaii as a whole. It gives you that stunning scenery you're obviously seeking plus a hugely diverse mix of people and places. So if Oahu is your only destination you certainly won't be wanting for more.
Still, there are regions within Oahu that are as distinct as the islands themselves. Today we're focusing on the Windward Coast. Take a locum tenens job in Hawaii to get the chance to visit this refulgent region.
Kailua Beach Park
Consistently ranked high as one of Oahu's best beaches, Kailua Beach Park is a half-mile of famous Hawaiian white sand, warm, blue Pacific waters, and year-round, not-too-humid breezes. This is a great beach to rent a kayak, or some windsurfing gear or even some dive gear and take to the waters.
Built in 1909 atop a huge sea cliff, Makapuu Point Lighthouse is folded in Hawaiian hills and history. Take the moderate two-mile trail to catch views of Oahu's Windward Coast. During winter, between December and May, you can hike up to this point and watch whales breach to your heart's content.
Almost as if a section of Japan was cut out and placed on Oahu's shores, the Valley of the Temples is a truly unique experience. Thousands of people of multiple religious backgrounds are buried here. Located within the grounds is the Byodo-In, a Buddhist temple complex that is actually a scale replica of a temple in Uji, Japan.