Kneohe is a census-designated place (CDP) included in the City and County of Honolulu and located in Hawaii state District of Koolaupoko on the island of Oahu. In the Hawaiian language, kne ohe means "bamboo man". According to an ancient Hawaiian story a local woman compared her husband's cruelty to the sharp edge of cutting bamboo; thus the place was named Kneohe or "Bamboo man". The population was 34,597 at the 2010 census. Kaneohe is the largest of several communities along Kaneohe Bay and one of the two largest residential communities on the windward side of Oahu (the other is Kailua). The commercial center of the town is spread mostly along Kamehameha Highway. From ancient times, Kaneohe was important as an agricultural area, owing to an abundance of rainfall. Today, Kaneohe is mostly a residential community, with very little agriculture in evidence. The only commercial crop of any consequence in the area is banana.
Features of note are Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden and the new Hawaii National Veterans Cemetery. Access to Kneohe Bay is mainly from the public pier and boat ramp located at nearby Heeia Kea. Access to Coconut Island (restricted) is from the state pier off Lilipuna Road. Marine Corps Base Hawaii lies across the south end of Kaneohe Bay from the central part of Kaneohe although the town stretches along Kaneohe Bay Drive to the base perimeter. The ZIP code for Kaneohe is 96744.
In history, as stories go, Kaneohe is the name of the bamboo man Kane=Man & Ohe=Bamboo) who invented the bamboo nose flute known as the Hano-ihu. Hano-ihu and his friend Pu’ili discovered the bamboo man in the forest of Wao, then a forbidden place to go. It was here that the bamboo man taught Hano-ihu how to play the flute while Pu’ili discovered the whistling music of the bamboos in the distance. Thus the flute was named after Hano-ihu and the bamboo sticks used in today’s hula were named after Pu’ili. (As told by the Castle High School students in their booklet “Ku’u Nani Ko’olau” dated 1976).
There's such a variety of things to do: Kayaking in the bay, ziplining at the Mini Golf Course, visiting the 400 acres of Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens, touring the very popular Byodo-In Temple, horseback riding, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, learning about the lo'i (taro fields).
Like to Fish? Free fishing Saturdays and Sundays @ Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens tag and release.
Looking for a place to stay in Kaneohe? Check out Paradise Bay - it's akin to a bed and breakfast with so much more.