A small rural town on Oahu’s northeast shore, Hauula is only about seven feet above sea level with a residential area of about 1,000 homes.
Located about 30 miles (48 km) north of Honolulu, Hauula has at its center a small commercial area with a supermarket and some shops. The surrounding area has several beaches including Mahakea Beach, Aukai Beach park, Kakela Beach Park and Hauula Beach Park with an offshore coral reef that provides some protection from the open ocean.
The name Hauula means “Red hau” referring to the hau tree. During Hawaii’s sugarcane era much of this region was planted in sugarcane. The fields extended inland from the highway and all along the coastal plain.
Activities in the Hauula area include snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Hiking trails include the Hauula Loop Trail, Sacred Falls State Park, and various treks in the Koolau Mountains.
Just a short drive from Hauula is the 9-hole, par-35 Kahuku Golf Course and also Kahana Valley State Park.