Haleiwa Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd
  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd
  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd

Haleiwa Things to Do

  • Swim, Play, Hang Aound the Beaches

    Haleiwa has many beaches and coves along it's location in the North Shore of Oahu and besides the main attraction of the Area, which is surfing, you can also do the traditional beach activities here, but have caution on swimming if you are not a good swimmer as the waves and rip tides in the north shore is powerful, that is why this area is good...

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  • Dare to Swim with the Sharks out from...

    Wish I could give you all the lowdown about this as, after having booked it in Waikiki at Aquazone I was sooooooooo looking forward to it. And, of course, more than a little apprehensiive. No, more than that downright nervous! What an opportunity as a surfer of over 30 years experience who's NEVER seen a shark in the ocean (Thank Goodness!!!!!!!!!)...

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  • Matsumoto's Shave Ice

    Matsumoto's is a big tourist draw on O'ahu. I really liked the idea of it before I went there: a young family opening a grocery store in historic Haleiwa on the North Shore in the early 1950s serving their specialty, shave ice. The store got hugely popular as is now famous for it's shave ice. Of course we had to check it out, and I was a little bit...

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  • Beach, Shave Ice, more beach

    North Shore: check out Waimea Beach, Sunset Beach Park, Pipeline. All these beaches are lined up together. Just follow Kamehameha Hwy. You won't miss them. There usually are a bunch of cars parked on the side of the road. Haleiwa Historic Town: Now a must tourist stop. Small hometown feel with big tourist appeal. Lots of small souvenir shops,...

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  • Snorkeling on the North Shore Catamaran

    North Shore Catamaran are a really good team to take a snorkeling trip with in Oahu. They basically tailored to trip to our preferences. The captain is extremely friendly and will start telling you a lot of his shark encounters to break the ice. What i liked particularly about these guys is the history they incorporated into the trip. While we were...

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  • Snorkeling

    Great Snorkeling on the North Shore. Read more on "See the Sea Turtles". Just wanted to post some more of my beach photos.

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  • Horseback Riding

    I did a lot of research on horseback riding in Oahu. Most of the better ranches are located on the North Shore. We wanted to be able to ride the horses on the beach. Well, that doesn't work in Hawaii. They do not allow horses on the beach. So, of the three ranches I looked at, Happy Trails had the best price for the longest amount of time. $57.59...

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  • See the Sea Turtles!

    Better than seeing them at a zoo or sea park. The turtles are in their natural habitat doing what they like to do all day - graze in the water and sun themselves on the sand. How incredible is that? Laniakea Beach a.k.a. Lani's Beach or “Turtle Beach”

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  • Surf-This is the capital of Surfing!

    North shore is the north-facing coastal area of Oʻahu between Kaʻena Point and Kahuku Point. The largest settlement is Haleʻiwa. This area is best known for its massive waves, attracting surfers from all around the globe. Haleiwa is the hub of the North Shore, which overlooks picturesque Waialua Bay with its restaurants, shops and...

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Haleiwa Hotels

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  • Hale Kalani Hawaii

    59-222 B Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Hawaii, 96712, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Ho'o Nanea Hale

    Extremely quiet and clean! Everything was close by and the beach was fantastic for swimming and...

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  • Ke Iki Beach Bungalows

    59-579 Ke Iki Rd, Haleiwa, Hawaii, 96712, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Haleiwa Restaurants

  • Not Bad for Mexican Food!

    Your typical mexican restaurant. It wasn't the best I ever had but, you know, it was pretty good! I ordered 2 shrimp tacos a la carte because I wasn't all that hungry. A Pacifico to wash it down, it was delicious!

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  • Mouth watering

    After a day of exploring the delightful North Shore and lounging on Sunset Beach, my husband and I wanted a delicious Hawaiian meal. We drove through Haleiwa and saw Haleiwa Joe's. The inside is very unassuming and nice, wood panelling with old surfboards and photos on the walls. Our hostess and waitress were both very nice. I had trouble deciding...

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  • Where is Denny's?

    So, my daughter and her friends were not enjoying the complimentary breakfast provided at the Waikiki Sands Resort & Hotel. They wanted a good ol' breakfast from Denny's. I said no problem, just keep your eye out for one and I'll pull over. Hmmm...amazing that there were not billboards or signs anywhere as we were driving. Turns out, they have a...

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  • Killer Margaritas! Killer Food! Killer...

    This place is a hot spot in Haleiwa. A lot of locals will always recommend it for a fun night on town. Ethantic dishes at very reasonable prices - portions are huge. I liked the friendliness and responsiveness of the staff the most about this place. Everything we wanted was "on the double" type of attitude from them, these days its hard to find,...

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  • Mexican Seafood in North Shore

    Cholos Mexican Restaurant is located in the North Shore Marketplace in Haleiwa. There is a wide variety of authentic Mexican dishes available in generous portions at great prices, they also have Authentic artwork from Oaxaca, Mexico which adorns the walls, much of which is for sale. Hats and T-Shirts are available too. It tend to be full during...

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  • Excellent roadside food

    The North Shore has become famous not only for the big wave surfing but also for the shrimp vans that set up along the road side (typically along Kam Highway) and serve up tasty fresh shrimp in a variety of sauces. We had wanted to hit Giovanni's in Haleiwa. When we found it we also saw that a rival van, Holy Smokes, had set up in the same...

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Haleiwa Transportation

  • Honolulu International Airport

    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!

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  • Take a Road Trip

    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...

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  • Rent a Car... take a nice drive!

    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!

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Haleiwa Shopping

  • A Store to Avoid

    Scott Bechtol, the owner, craft candles that look like moons and hang from leather straps. They are very unique and beautiful and my husband and I bought one (very expensive as well). After it took them 3-4 month to ship it to us we hung it in a secluded and protected area. It lasted for about 7 months when it just broke. When I called Scott to...

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  • Beautiful Art

    One of the most beautiful shops along the highway in Haleiwa was the Wyland Gallery.Wyland focuses alot of energy into the Fauna of the local area. Alot of his pictures are enriched with whales, dolphins and tropical fish. Although very intriqued, I did not purchase any pieces while here. Art, posters, sculptures. $12 to $12000, depending on your...

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  • Cheap T-shirts!

    One of the things I noticed about Waikiki was how expensive clothing there was... a friend of mine mentioned that you should wait until hitting the North Shore to really pick up a couple deals! So I followed the advice, and much to my surprise... he was right!North Shore Surf Company has all the t-shirts you would find down in Waikiki, at a...

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Haleiwa Local Customs

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    by GracesTrips Written Sep 27, 2007

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    But instead, keep your eye out for the flowers! They can be growing where ever and it's amazing how beautiful they are. This particular one looks like a type of bird of paradise. We don't have plants like this growing in California.

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Haleiwa Warnings and Dangers

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    by GracesTrips Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    The Masked Man with a weed eater in his hands! He is just a gardener keeping the dirt from getting into his face. We thought it's too early in the year to be dressed up for Halloween. Not a great photo but you can see why he looks scary!

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Haleiwa Off The Beaten Path

  • Better than any shave ice I ever had!

    You cannot miss the M. Matsumoto Grocery Store for their Shave (not Shaved) Ice. There is always a line (I think) unless the place is closed. So, the secret is that they put in a scoop of vanilla ice cream (upon request). The flavors available are unbelievable! I had Lychee and Melon, a small with ice cream and a plastic shave ice holder cost me...

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  • Can you smell the Garlic?

    So, I believe this is the best deal of the day! 12 pieces of shrimp and two scoops of rice all for $12! And, it's yummy! I couldn't resist ordering the Scampi but I had a bite of the lemon and butter shrimp and these are not fried but steamed/boiled - were actually sweeter! Don't miss out on the opportunity to have some Giovanni's! Located next to...

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  • Waimea Bay Beach Park

    Just north of Haleiwa on Kam Highway is scenic Waimea Bay Beach Park. The large beach is set along the shore of this small bay. In the winter it gets the huge surf that the rest of the North Shore experiences but the waters are fairly calm from May through September. It's not a bad place to snorkel during this time and actually a pretty calm and...

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Haleiwa Sports & Outdoors

Haleiwa Favorites

  • Save some money

    I would go in late November. The waves are getting really big and you still miss the crowds.I would also definitely hike the Wimea Valley and if the Cliff Divers are still there it is an awsome sight.

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  • Colourful Skies at Sunset

    After watching the sun gradually going down from Waimea Bay down to Haleiwa, it was our pleasure to see the last bits of it shed it's beautiful colours as we sat down at our table at Jamieson's by the Sea. Enjoying those sights with my family helped make our trip to Oahu something special with memories such as this one, & beautiful accompanying...

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  • Headed to North Shore? Ask Claudia!

    If you are headed to Halewia, one of the sites that was VERY helpful to me is Claudia Ferrari's site. I believe she is a professional surfer, and she has a very informative website that can not be beat!http://www.claudiaferrari.com hawaii@claudiaferrari.com

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Top 10 Paddleboarding Beaches: Haleiwa

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic for both surfing and standup paddle boarding, Sunset Beach on the north shore of Oahu is legendary and with reason. If you happen to visit in the calmer summer months, you can paddle the 4 miles from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay.

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