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South Shore

It's an easy hour's drive around the South Shore of O’ahu from Waikīkī to the rural village of Waimānalo. But in the course of those dozen miles, you experience the multi-dimensional nature of an island whose Hawaiian name means “the gathering place.” Beginning with the exclusive bedroom community of Kāhala, you next come to a series of densely populated, valley neighborhoods. Each of these climbs from a coral fringed beach to the apex of a deep valley in the classic Hawaiian land division known as an ahupua’a. At the island’s edge, the wave- and wind-tossed coast provides an ecologically fragile landscape, before giving way to mile ...

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