Laie Travel Guide
Laie Point Wayside | Photo by Nelo Hotsuma
Laie is an awesome place to spend some time if you’re visiting Oahu. It’s home to several unique attractions such as the Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie Sea Arch, and Hawaiian Temple.
Each of these awesome attractions can be visited along Shaka Guides Circle Island Driving Tour, which you can find here. We’ll go over these Laie attractions and several others, as well as the best lodgings, in this post.
Things to Do in Laie
Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian Cultural Center Entrance | Photo by Gh5046
The Polynesian Cultural Center has a lot to offer from an array of educational exhibits to cultural experiences and luaus. The luaus that occur at the Polynesian Cultural Center are some of the best on the Island, featuring authentic Hawaiian staple foods like poke and the Ha: Breath of Life cultural show.
The Polynesian village recreation exhibits are each wonderful attractions in their own right with tons of demonstrations and activities to try out. Luau and village package prices range from around $100 to $250. While this may seem steep, you get what you pay for. Check out our Oahu luaus post and Polynesian Cultural Center Travel Guide for more information.
Laie Hawaiian Temple
Laie Hawaiian Temple | Photo by Daniel Ramirez
The Laie Hawaiian Temple hosts tours of the impressive architecture and historical sights at the temple’s visitors center. You will not be allowed to enter the temple itself if you are not a member of the Mormon church, however, the grounds are extremely beautiful.
Laie Sea Arch
Laie Sea Arch | Photo by Robert Linsdell
If you’re looking for an outdoor attraction, the Laie Sea Arch might be exactly what you need. You can see the massive arch from Laie Point, which juts out from the center of town. The point is also the sight of a popular cliff jump.
Laie Falls Trail
Take the hike up Laie Falls Trail on your visit | Photo by Christoffer Engström
If you were hoping for more of an adventure, then the hike to Laie Falls might be up your alley. This 7.5-mile hike is one of the best that the island of Oahu has to offer. The hike begins at the end of Poohaili Street and treks across mountain tops and through jungle foliage before ending at a remote 20-foot waterfall with a swimming hole. The trail is rated moderate to difficult due to steepness and somewhat-difficult pathfinding.
The trail and falls are on private property, however, the company that owns the land allows access with a permit which you can acquire by filling out this form and visiting the address listed at the top.
People jumping off a trampoline into the ocean at Laie Beach Park | Photo by Jakob Owens
There are three excellent beaches in the Laie area. Laniloa Beach is a long stretch of white sand that runs along most of the town’s shore. Just to the north of town, you’ll find another awesome white sand beach park known as Mālaekahana State Recreation Area where you’re allowed to camp overnight.
On the other end of town, to the south, you’ll find Pounder’s Beach. The waves here can get intense, so be careful near the rocky areas on either side of the sand. This picturesque beach offers awesome views of the surrounding ridges.
Where to Stay in Laie
The Courtyard by Marriott is by far the most popular place to stay in Laie. It offers an array of amenities like a pool and fitness center. You might also consider the Yellow Beachfront Paradise or Tiki Moon Villas. Hotel options in this corner of the island are limited, so if you want to explore the North Shore, windward side and Kualoa Ranch, these are great options.
Laie by the Sea | Photo by Tiki Moon Villas