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Oahu and the variety of beautiful Oahu beach scenes are presented in this collection of Hawaiian art. The locations of each of the paintings are recognizable to those who have traveled the Island from Waikiki eastward to the Windward Coast and up to the North Shore. The paintings and prints serve as ideal Hawaiian souvenirs for those who wish to remember their stay on this enchanting island.
Oahu is known throughout the Islands as “The Gathering Place.” It is home to the State Capital of Honolulu and to Waikiki Beach, perhaps the most well known beach in the world. Traveling eastward from Waikiki along Kalakaua Avenue to Diamond Head Road and past the ancient dormant volcanic head, one arrives at Kahala Avenue and the luxurious Kahala Hotel & Resort. A painting depicting a panoramic view from this oceanfront property looking across Maunalua Bay toward Koko Head is included in the collection of Oahu art.
Continuing eastward along Kalanianaole Highway, our journey around the Island brings us to Hanauma Bay Beach Park. This popular lagoon of snorkeling fame was created when the seaward wall of an ancient volcanic crater collapsed. The bay is now a Nature Preserve dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life found here. The vantage point of the Hanauma Bay painting in this collection is from the path leading from the parking lot down to the beach.
Further up the coast, one passes the body boarding beach of Sandy Beach Park en route to Makapuu Beach Park. Hawaiian for “bulging eyes” this point marks the easternmost tip of Hawaii and the southernmost spot along the windward coast. The Makapuu beach painting created for this Hawaii art collection includes the beach park and picturesque Rabbitt Island just offshore.
An enjoyable ride up the Kamehameha Highway along the windward coast past Waimanalo and Kaneohe brings one to the town of Kaaawa and Kaaawa Beach Park. The five acres of land known today as Kaaawa Beach Park and neighboring Swanzy Beach Park were given to the city of Honolulu in the 1920's by local heiress Julie Judd Swanzy. The land was given in exchange for the city’s withdrawal of plans to build a public beach park near Ms. Swanzy’s private country home in Kualoa. The Kaaawa painting created for this Hawaiian art collection features a swing hanging from a stately banyan tree by the ocean.
Another five to ten minute ride up Kamehameha Highway brings one to the small town of Punaluu near the famous Polynesian Cultural Center. The tranquil Punaluu Beach is fittingly depicted in Simon’s oil painting with a man taking a nap on the beach beneath rustling palms.
Following Kamehameha Highway as it makes its way to the north shore of Oahu and heads west, one passes the Turtle Bay Resort before arriving at Sunset Beach Park. Sunset Beach is one of the longest sand beaches in Oahu. It covers approximately two miles in length and is 200-300 feet wide. The summer brings calm waters and the area is great for swimming, snorkeling, and tide pooling. The winter, on the other hand, brings world-class surf often between fifteen and twenty feet high making it perfect for yearly international surfing competitions. Steve Simon has depicted this celebrated Oahu beach fittingly in its sunset colors.
Lastly, the Oahu visual tour makes a stop at the town of Haleiwa known for some of the best surf on the Island. This sleepy little town with its North Shore charm is the 180 degree geographic and lifestyle opposite of Waikiki. Despite being a small town there is much to see and do in Haleiwa. The town offers a nice selection of galleries, surf shops, and restaurants as well as a surf museum. Each summer, the town hosts the annual Haleiwa Arts Festival. The surfing at Haleiwa offers left and right reef breaks and is suitable for short and longboards. Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, walking distance from historic Haleiwa Town, is featured in two of the paintings in this Hawaiian art collection. One piece depicts a longboarder headed out and another of an outrigger ashore on the beach.
The collection of Oahu paintings and prints depicting a visual tour around the Island represents a sampling of Steve Simon’s Hawaii art. You may view other Hawaiian art in the Maui tab of this website. Whether you are looking for a fine art collectible piece or simply looking for Hawaiian gifts or souvenirs, you can find it here.
Enjoy and Mahalo!