This is both a "getting to" & a "getting about" Haleiwa tip.
To give yourself the freedom to see whatever you want in this town, do whatever you want in & around this town &, perhaps most importantly, take as much time as you want then you absolutely MUST hire/rent a car.
Now, from the piccie attached you see our mode of transport was a convertible. Funny thing is that it wan't our preferred choice. It was all they had left (I really wondered abou that). All the same I'm glad we did get it & it was ideal for cruising the north shore & back into Haleiwa on Father's Day 2004.
We hired/rented our car from Dollar Rent A Car. It was a white Chrysler Sebring as you can see in th photo. We did see a few of these on the roads around Oahu so I suppose various rental cars did a good business in convertibles for the beautiful early summer weather. We'd definitely rent the same again on our next visit atr any time of the year.
Total cost for 5 days with all the extras such as loss/damage waiver at $17.99 per day came to a total of $598.25
If you are living anywhere other than Hawaii, your options are limited on how to get to Haleiwa. I would recommend flying into Honolulu, (HNL), then renting a car and heading up to Haleiwa.
There are many different options on getting to HNL, so consult your local travel agent, or go online to find a cheap seat!
The most convienent method of transportation to Haleiwa would be to rent a car from the airport, and head on out.
I chose to go with a Hertz rent a car, and they mysteriously upgraded me to a Ford Thunderbird.... no complaints about running through the islands in a sweet red convertible! Too bad they only had 35 mph speed limits everywhere!
If you are headed to Haleiwa, you are most likely going to start your trek at either a hotel in Waikiki, or at the rental car station of HNL. In either case, the directions are the same.
Take the H1 West to the H2, then take 99 North through the middle of Oahu, past the Army Barracks, and then past the Dole Plantation, stopping in for a pineapple juice if you have the time!
That will put you right in the outskirts of Haleiwa.
The best way to get to Hale'iwa, and around the rest of the Island, is by car or motorbike. There are tour buses that do this trip also, but I did hear some grumblings from people who have been with the tours. So, my advice... Hire a Car or a Harley... ;-))