Beautiful Makaha sits at the far west end of the island of O'ahu and is blessed with gorgeous beaches, hiking trails, beachfront properties and some hidden getaways slightly setback from the main road.

Listed officially as a Census Designated Place, Makaha sits on the west shore of Oahu, or on the leeward side of the island. Therefore, it gets less rain than what is experienced on the other side of the island, known as the windward side. While the windward side is lusher and greener, the leeward side is sunnier and sandier.  

Where Makaha Is Located

Makaha is situated 34 miles or 55 km northwest of Hawaii’s largest city and capital, Honolulu. The residential community is quiet and more remote than some of the suburban towns of Hawaii, and is home to small restaurants, convenience stores, and a grocery.

However, that does not mean that Makaha is a sleepy little town. In fact, Makaha is famous for its beach, especially with respect to surfing and diving. Makaha is home to the biggest waves on the west side of Oahu.  You can spend hours watching the local surfers navigate the bigger sets.  Moreover, Makaha is blessed with a mile long and wide white sand beach.

Home to Champion Surfing

Each year, several surfing events take place in Makaha. Wave heights span from two feet to over 30 feet. In 1969, Greg Noll rode a wave among waves, some of which registered 40 feet in height. Therefore, you might say that Makaha is a champion surfer’s paradise as well as a nice place to own real estate.

A Contrasting Seascape

The beach allows plenty of room for beachcombers to hunt seashells and to swim and sunbathe. The best place to swim is the center of the shore, and therefore this part of the beach is a popular gathering place. While the waves reach Guinness Book Record heights in the winter, they remain placid and calm in the summer. In fact, sometimes, you wonder where the surf went. During more blustery times, however, the water produces strong rip currents - so strong that beach-goers are advised to stay out of the water.

The Makaha Caverns

Divers also enjoy Makaha Beach, meeting frequently at the Makaha Caverns. Right outside the surfing zone, the site features arches, projecting ledges, and caverns. Unlike surfers, divers normally take to the water during the summer, or when the water lies more dormant.


The average household income in Makaha is about $71,000. While median house values hover around $383,000, rental rates average $1,300 per month. Most people living in Makaha are around 35 years old. The women slightly outnumber the men. Inhabitants are composed of primarily Pacific-Islanders with Caucasians and Asians rounding out the population numbers in second and third places. The Makaha zip code is 96792.

Local Makaha Shops

Several shops stand out in Makaha. For instance, the retailer Island Wear features Hawaiian clothing and accessories. The store’s manufacture of clothing supports local businesses. Another shop is Hale Nalu Beach and Bike – a favorite surf shop in Makaha. Find it at 85-784 Farrington Highway.

A Youngish Community

Makaha is a community made up of fairly young people. Both singles and married people number about the same. For people who like to surf or dive, their heart resides here – they will always feel they are a part of the community.

While the main focus in Makaha is on surfing and diving, the area is also a nice place to swim and relax. Even if you don’t surf, you can enjoy the many surfing events held during the year. You don’t have to have surfing in your blood to live here – just a respect and appreciation for nature.

Based on information from the Multiple Listing Service of Hicentral MLS, Ltd. Listings last updated on Dec 1, 2022 3:22:pm. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Copyright: 2022 by HiCentral MLS, Ltd.

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