Haleiwa

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The gateway to the seemingly endless stretch of beaches and waves of the North Shore is the cultural hub of O’ahu’s surf scene.

Hale’iwa got its start as a tourist spot with the building of the Hale’iwa Hotel in 1898. The hotel is gone, but many of the small town’s buildings have the same look they’ve had for over 100 years of laid-back living. Unlike Waikiki with its high-rises, you’ll find that Hale’iwa has small shops ready to serve the practical needs of surfers and surf-watchers.

Start with a visit to the North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum, also known as Hale’iwa Surf Museum. See surfing photographs and memorabilia, boards from the 1930s and old posters advertising surfing competitions. Watch a video and chat with the curator to find out what’s happening in and around town. Nearby, find gear for snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding or kayaking in one of Hale’iwa’s several surf shops.

Picnic at Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach and watch the makai (ocean-facing) side of the park to see youngsters learning to surf. Then look over your shoulder at the Kalili Surf Center; if you were a Baywatch Hawaii fan, you might recognize the headquarters for the brave and beautiful lifeguards. In July, enjoy the ArtFest with visual and performance art and numerous kids’ activities.

Walk along the shore and look for giant sea turtles. They often nest here and return to the same spot year after year. Remember that they are protected in Hawaii; it is against the law to ride, feed, or even touch a sea turtle. You can still enjoy watching them.

For an old-fashioned experience, rent a paddleboard or outrigger canoe similar to those used in Hawaii for more than 2,000 years. Paddle up the Anahulu River, going under the Rainbow Bridge. Soon you’ll be in lush tropical jungle.

While you’re in Hale’iwa, be sure to sample a North Shore favorite: shave ice. This dessert has a shaved ice texture that absorbs flavor; a variety of local syrup choices including lychee, lilikoi or guava; and ice cream or bean paste at the bottom of a cone, with sweetened condensed milk on top. It’s not a typical snow cone.

Hale’iwa is about an hour’s drive north of Honolulu. Some would say it’s right next to Paradise.

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58-348 Kamehameha Hwy, C, Haleiwa, HI
Situated in Haleiwa, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Velzyland Beach and Sunset Beach. Waialee Beach and Banzai Pipeline are also within 1 mile ...
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Bright, clean, airy Rocky Point Beach 1 bedroom loft. Steps to beach & bike path
Bright, clean, airy Rocky Point Beach 1 bedroom loft. Steps to beach & bike path
59-225 Ke Nui Rd, Haleiwa, HI
Situated near the beach, this romantic cottage is steps away from Banzai Pipeline, Rock Point and Sunset Beach. Ehukai Beach and Rock Piles Beach are also within ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (87 reviews)
Great location, but space could use some maintenance
"Overall we enjoyed our stay here. The location is hard to beat. A one minute walk to a beautiful beach, close to food trucks and stunning views. We were provided with beach towels which was great and it felt very private. There are a few amenities that come with the property- including bikes, beach ..."

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Bright, clean, airy Rocky Point Beach 1 bedroom loft. Steps to beach & bike path
North Shore Jungle Retreat
North Shore Jungle Retreat
59-381 Pupukea Rd, Haleiwa, HI
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Waimea Valley, Three Tables Beach and Sharks Cove. Waimea Bay and Pupukea Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Adorable Studio
"My wife and I stayed at the studio for 6 nights. It is an adorable studio that is nice and clean and within a short distance of all your North Shore needs. The host was very kind and communicative. We would stay here again and would recommend it to others."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

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North Shore Jungle Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
New Listing ❤️ Secluded Studio at Prestigious Sunset Beach
New Listing ❤️ Secluded Studio at Prestigious Sunset Beach
58-348 Kamehameha Hwy, C, Haleiwa, HI
Situated in Haleiwa, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Velzyland Beach and Sunset Beach. Waialee Beach and Banzai Pipeline are also within 1 mile ...
New Listing ❤️ Secluded Studio at Prestigious Sunset Beach
Bright, clean, airy Rocky Point Beach 1 bedroom loft. Steps to beach & bike path
Bright, clean, airy Rocky Point Beach 1 bedroom loft. Steps to beach & bike path
59-225 Ke Nui Rd, Haleiwa, HI
Situated near the beach, this romantic cottage is steps away from Banzai Pipeline, Rock Point and Sunset Beach. Ehukai Beach and Rock Piles Beach are also within ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (87 reviews)
Great location, but space could use some maintenance
"Overall we enjoyed our stay here. The location is hard to beat. A one minute walk to a beautiful beach, close to food trucks and stunning views. We were provided with beach towels which was great and it felt very private. There are a few amenities that come with the property- including bikes, beach ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2021

Bright, clean, airy Rocky Point Beach 1 bedroom loft. Steps to beach & bike path
North Shore Jungle Retreat
North Shore Jungle Retreat
59-381 Pupukea Rd, Haleiwa, HI
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Waimea Valley, Three Tables Beach and Sharks Cove. Waimea Bay and Pupukea Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Adorable Studio
"My wife and I stayed at the studio for 6 nights. It is an adorable studio that is nice and clean and within a short distance of all your North Shore needs. The host was very kind and communicative. We would stay here again and would recommend it to others."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

North Shore Jungle Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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