Pupukea is a beautiful censused-designated area on O’ahu Island located in the district of Ko’olauloa and about 30 miles from Honolulu. The name Pupukea means “white shell.” Pupukea is a well-known place in Hawaii to visit and to live. There are several recommended spots for surfing along Sunset Beach Park, ‘Ehukai Beach Park, and Banzai Beach. Diving and snorkeling areas are also popular in Pupukea and are named Three Tables and Sharks Cove. Pupukea’s popular beach is located in Waimea Bay.
Pupukea has several Airbnb rentals that allow your pup to stay with you. Although the individual rentals in Pupukea have specific rules, the Airbnb rentals are highly recommended and friendly in Hawaii. Alternative pet-friendly lodging accommodations are available in nearby towns.
Although there are no dog-friendly restaurants in Pupukea, there are plenty interesting eateries in nearby cities. From Mexican food to seafood, Hawaii has all the cuisines you could want. There are also several places to get drinks and desserts too. Designated outside tables are typically dog-friendly, so you can enjoy a beautiful view of the island while eating a delicious meal and spending time with Fido.
Just under fifteen miles away from Pupukea, Aukai Beach is your ideal getaway for the afternoon. As long as you keep your dog on her leash, she can run and play in this paradise. It is a fun and beautiful place to take your dog for somewhere to relax the day away. You can catch some waves, if you hang out on the surfboard, or just enjoy the beach and help your kids by building moats for their sand castles. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch seaside. There is so much to do and see right here on this beach!
Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park is just the place to take your dog to explore the island. Kapa‘ele‘ele Trail is the pawfect circle trail that leads your through the state park and allows you to take in the beauty of nature. It is absolutely breathtaking -- but, then again, the whole island is. What makes this worth the 40-minute drive is that it allows you to see the historical side of the island and teaches you the history as well as the beauty. So come and enjoy nature and learn what makes this part of the world special by learning about how humans transformed the island.
Mililani Dog Park is only about 20 miles from Pupukea, but it has everything you need for a great day of fun. Not only can you take Fido’s leash off and let him run within the safety of the fenced-in area, but you’ll have plenty of places to sit and watch him play. There are water fountains for you and your dog so that you can both stay hydrated as you run, play, and have fun. Isn’t this what being in paradise is all about? Your dog will love all the op-paw-tunities to make a few new friends, and you’ll love the safety of the whole area.
You may have to drive 28 miles inland, but Big City Diner is the absolute pawfect place to get some classic Hawaiian fare. You are invited to join your dogs on the patio to enjoy the fresh air and the best food in the area. It is a little off the beaten path that most tourists take, and the locals of the area will tell you it is the place to go for authentic food. So grab your dog and his leash, and come on down for some great food and even better service!
The Alley at Aiea Bowl is almost half an hour from Pupukea, but it’s more than worth the drive. Yes, this is a bowling alley set up for the dogs to enjoy the night playing with their friends, but there is a dining place that will leave you both begging for more! Join your dog at an outdoor table so that you can watch the people as they come in and out. The Asian-inspired dishes smell as good as they taste. This establishment has been featured on Food Network and has won multiple awards, so it’s definitely worth the drive to get this puptastic food!