China Walls is the nickname for a coastal cliffside attraction that is made notable by rock platforms that jut out to the ocean on the east side of Oahu, in Hawaii Kai. The stretch of lava-rock ledges attract daring cliff jumpers, while seasonal swell draws surfers as well. There is also a gathering of those who simply come to lay a towel down, pop a few cold ones, and enjoy the show. On a calm day without waves, novice jumpers can enjoy a dip, but the climb back up the slippery stone can be challenging so never attempt it if you’re alone. You may need a boost. On a high-surf day, keep your distance when sitting, standing, and walking along the ledges as rouge waves constantly batter the cliffside and won’t hesitate to suck bystanders out to sea. There is a more intense jump spot further north along the ledge, known as spitting caves, but that leap is not for the faint of heart. China Walls is a dramatic place, but is a remarkable hidden gem not just for Hawaii Kai, but for the entire island of Oahu.
You can’t take pubic transportation (without a long walk) to China Walls, so either rent a car or catch an Uber/Lyft from your accommodations. When done for the day, be sure to head over to nearby Kona Brewing Company for food and refreshing libations.
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Fishermen pulling up a day’s catch
Careful where you stand as the waves will blast the cliffside