The area surrounding Waianae is full of dramatic mountain peaks and preserved tropical forest lands. There are numerous hiking trails in the area appropriate for all skills levels. The Waianae Kai Forest Reserve borders the town to the north and is where Mount Ka'ala is located. The summit of Mount Ka'ala is the highest point on the island of O'ahu and you will find a trail that will take the experienced hikers to the top. The view from the top is the reward, but there are lots of interesting plant and animal life to enjoy along the way. There are also hazardous parts of the climb, so taking a partner or group along is recommended.
The Churches of Waian
The town of Waianae is home to an ever-growing religious community and offers a number of active churches in various denominations. You will not find any megachurches or fancy facilities, but instead small congregations full of dedicated worshippers. The largest church in the area, Waianae Baptist Church, meets in a small blue building every Sunday. There is also an established Catholic Church in the area called the Sacred Heart Parish of Waianae, which is noted for outreach and aid to troubled members of the community. A third option is the Hope Chapel of Waianae, which offers midweek "Minichurchs" in which groups of 8-10 people meet to worship in various homes.