North Shore, Oahu

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    stand-up paddle boarding

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 1, 2013

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    Stand-up paddle boarding is a variation on surfing that is becoming very popular in the islands and is one of the fastest-growing watersports. In stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) riders stand upright on wider, longer boards and use a paddle to maneuver. Great for a core muscle workout, SUP is often used for fitness rather than for riding waves. Lessons are highly recommended for your safety and for the safety of your fellow beach goers and surfers.

    Note: Heed all warning signs. Talk to your instructor about changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for your ability level.

    Uncle Bryan's Sunset Suratt Surf Academy
    (808) 783-8657
    sunsetsuratt@gmail.com
    "Stand-up paddling is a lot of fun! And if you're looking to learn while you're on the North Shore, you've come to the right place. We do tours and lessons for all ages and skill levels—from kids to adults and from beginners to experts."

    Surf & Sea Stand Up Paddle Lessons
    Call 808-637-SURF (7873)
    surfnsea@surfnsea.com
    phone 1-800-899-7873
    fax 808-637-3008
    Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Hawaii's oldest surf and dive shop opened in 1921, a variety of items for sale from boards to musical instruments. Excellent instructors.

    REI
    www.rei.com/Paddleboards
    Lessons and anything for the surf

    Honu Hawaii Activities
    Phone: (808) 633-8904
    honuhawaiiactivities.com/
    Goofy Foot Stand Up Paddle Lessons - Lahaina $100.00
    Stand Up Paddle Lesson & Rental - Maunalua Bay $ 49.00
    Stand Up Paddle Lesson - Maunalua Bay $115.00
    Stand Up Paddle Tours, Lessons & Rentals - Kailua Bay $ 59.00

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    Sail the Hawaiian Skies

    by BLewJay Written Mar 2, 2012
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    While touring the north shore with our friend Judy, we discussed different things we wanted to do on this trip (e.g., go to the beach, have lunch at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, go ATV'ing, etc.). Judy mentioned that ATV'ing would be better on the other islands, and suggested that we try going up in a glider instead.

    Hmmm, that would be exciting, so the wheels started turning and we made reservations to go up in the glider to see Oahu from a different prespective. What was even better is that Judy was able to get us the "local discount price", so off we went. The company we used is called Honolulu Soaring and the owners Bill Star (aka Mr. Bill) and Steve Wood (aka Woody) are fantastic to deal with as well as very funny.

    I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but all I have to say is that we had a blast!!! The views are amazing, being pulled behind a plane is definitely different, but a great experience and the views, WOW!!!

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    The North Shore

    by etfromnc Written Aug 11, 2011

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    Although it is virtually impossible to think of Hawaii without thinking of beaches, I feel that a case can be made that Oahu tourists can be divided into two groups. Those who tend to stay on the south end of the island have major interests in shopping and history (and of course Waikiki) while those who head north have major interests in surfing and partying.
    The area generally referred to as the North Shore is actually a continuum of eight beaches and six unbelievable surfing sites. Think Waimea, Pipeline, Sunset Beach, Sunset Point, et al.
    Pipeline is home to the World Championships of Surfing and Sunset Beach and Sunset Point are home to the world championships of sunsets.

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    Melts In Your Mouth...

    by bryINpoland Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yum! Its so good

    If you are on the North Shore of Oahu and visiting Haliewa town, then you need to pay a visit to M. Matsumoto Grocery Store/Shave ice.

    Here u will find the home of the best shave ice in the World. Dont believe me, you have to try it. They sell over 1000 snow cones on a avcerage day. The line is always out the door and its been that way for about 54 years.

    It only cost u on average $2 for a large cone. You can also buy dozens of different M. Matsumoto shave ice shirts. Thats right, shirts! They sell more shirts then gap.

    The next time you are up the North Shore of Oahu, pay a visit to Matsumotos...

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    North Shore Shark Adventure

    by amberll Written Dec 4, 2008

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    Last February I was lucky enough to visit Oahu and traveled to the North Shore for the shark cage adventure. What a blast this was. I was a little apprehensive at first when the crew of two started throwing "chum" in the water to attract the 5 ft long Galapagos sharks. As soon as we entered the cage and were let out into the water my thoughts quickly changed. The sharks are stunning creatures and were not at all scary even though they were mere inches from our faces. It is such an exhilarating experience like no other I have ever had. We even saw the tail end of a Humpback Whale while on the boat. The crew members very knowledgeable and friendly. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. Best vacation memory ever!

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    Shark Cage Excusion

    by jlfloyd Written Aug 19, 2008

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    I had the pleasure of doing the North Shore shark cage tour. The tours happen in the mornings everyday from about 6-12 every hour. They beging out of the Haliewa marina, slip 35. The marina is listed on most tourist maps and there is a yellow sign for the tours right out front. The tours are about 2 hours long. You go out 3 nautical miles off shore. I was amazed at how professional and organized this tour was. as soon as the boat stopped, sharks swarmed the boat. we could see about 10 swimming in the water around the boat. That was super exciting alone, and then we got in the cage. About 10 people were on our boat ride, but only four were in the cage, which was nice to have the cage with few people in it. The cage is up against the boat and you climb in and once everyone is in they let it float away from the boat, while it is attached by ropes. The sharks just swim very gracefully and calmly around the cage. You are given a snorkle and goggles andyou spend about 20 minutes in the cage. Its an incredible experience and one of the best things i have done in a long time. Its safe and unbelievably thrilling. They also have the option to make a video for you. Its expensive, 60 bucks, but you get in the cage alone, or with your party, and they film before you go in and underwater while you are in the cage. They sell t-shirts on board too for 20 bucks. The tour is a bit pricey, but I would say worth every penny. If you are going to splurge on anything, I couldnt recommend anything more. Its 110 dollars to get in the cage, and if you just wanted to ride on the boat as an observer, its 50. If you have anyway to get on the base and have MWR access, you can get the cage option for 85 bucks.

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    Waimea Bay Beach Park--A Jump Off Point

    by VeronicaG Updated Jul 30, 2008

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    Since snorkeling was said to be excellent at Waimea Beach, we added it to our list and arrived on a Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m.*

    We found the waves to be gentle on our summer visit to Waimea Bay, but in the winter they often swell to 20-40 feet.

    An enormous rock at waters edge provided limitless entertainment for our grandson and other young people. Although marked NO JUMPING, many were propelling themselves off the top and sides of this behemoth. This is known as a popular diving spot, but we kept a wary eye on things.

    There was a changing room and restrooms, but no snack shop. Little shade was available here, so wear lots of sunblock.

    The water was a lovely green-blue and the bottom was sandy. Be aware that the ground dropped close to shore. I baked in the sun, but it was a fantastic site for swimming and enjoying the Pacific! We spent three lazy hours at Waimea Bay.

    *Once again we read that visitor's must arrive early, but at 10:45 a.m. we were able to find off road parking up from the beach entrance.

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    Horse Riding and more at Kualoa Ranch

    by VeronicaG Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    While at the North Shore, we were hoping to see a little of Kualoa Ranch. As we left the highway and drove up the long driveway, the setting gripped us--the ranch snuggled against a tall mountain range, which was etched with greenery and topped with clouds.

    However, disappointment met us at the door because the ranch was closed.

    Kualoa Ranch offers horseback riding, so it was no surprise to see a number of horses grazing in a pasture area. The one hour tour costs $59.00 and departs at 8am; the two hour tour costs $89.00-- kids must be at least 10 years old; weight limit under 230 pounds.

    There is also a tour to the northern end of the ranch where movies such as Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, You, Me & Dupree, 50 First Dates and Lost were filmed. Other full and half day adventure tours/prices can be seen on the ranch's website below.

    The ranch also offers ATV rentals for those 16 years of age and up: one hour rental is $59.00, two hours $89.00.

    (pic #2)The remains of a former sugar mill from the Civil War sits at the entrance to Kualoa Ranch. Across the roadway, the Pacific laps at the shoreline and a rock formation known as Chinaman's Hat rises from the waves.

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    North shore

    by OlenaKyiv Written Apr 6, 2007
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    You must see it with your own eyes and hear it with your own ears. The formation of the North shore naturally was created in such way that there are large (huge waves) despite the strength of the wind. You cannot swim there, because the beach is rocky. I imagine the boats in storm crashed on those stones. It would be not a pleasant scene.

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  • Check out a surfing competition at the north shore

    by dare2d4l Written Dec 12, 2006

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    Often during the winter season, they will have surfing contests held along the north shore. I went check out a sunset surfing contest.....beautiful view sitting on a bleacher seat comfortably on the beach.

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    Hiking in Mokuleia hills

    by FRONA Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Mokuleia hills

    This is a very nice place to visit ... you can find a lot of hiking trails leading from this airport,.... I hung around here for some sailplane rides and lessons and there were a lot of hiking and cross country motor trails..... do pay attention to the radar facility on top of that ridge!

    This is the area where they filmed the "LOST" Series!

    Directions: There are two ways to reach this trail.

    1. This route requires a four-wheel drive and a permit to gain access through the Kaena Point Tracking Station. Downloadable Hiking Permit: from the park website

    From the Waianae side of O`ahu: Drive towards Kaena Point on Farrington Highway until you reach Yokohama. Turn right and check in with your permit at the security guard station. Travel on the Kuoakala Access Road until you get to a paved road. Turn left until you get to the forest reserve gate. Prior to the gate, there is a road that turns right and is adjacent to the Peacock Flats camping area. This road also leads to the Mokuleia Trailhead.
    2. From Mokuleia: You may also access the Mokuleia Trail on foot or with a mountain bike, via the Mokuleia Access Road. Mokuleia Access Road is closed to private vehicles. Head ewa on H-1 and take the H-2 exit, heading towards Wahiawa and Haleiwa. As the freeway ends at Schofield Barracks, continue on Route 99 north, bypassing Wahiawa. When the road forks, continue on the left forks towards Waialua (which is still Wilikina Dr. but now becomes Rte. 803). At the flashing yellow light, continue straight on Farrington Highway (Rte. 930). Continue on Farrington Highway, through the rotary, and through Mokuleia. The Mokuleia Access Road will be on your left, gated, and lined by Coconut trees. Park at the gate and continue on foot or bike through the gates up the road. At the top of the hill you come to another gate. The Mokuleia Trail is to the left down the side road, past the Peacock Flats camping area..

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    Riding the North Shore

    by KiKitC Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    Oahu's North Shore

    If you're visiting the island of Oahu, make sure you do rent a vehicle and drive out of the city. Being three days out of the hospital, I finally felt the need to see the island and was alright for driving around...some. We took H-1 east towards Diamond Head, then the road becomes smaller, and the views greater. Expect to be driving slow. Expect traffic. Just go with the Aloha mana and enjoy the view. You'll come arounf the eastern side of the island, along the north shore, and every bend offers another ahhhh. It's incredibly beautiful and better for surfing. You'll come across a number of little towns dedicated to the art.

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    Keyhole View

    by arv1 Written Feb 24, 2006

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    Keyhole view

    While on a tour group, our tour guide suggested that we stop here for a quick photo session. At first, though the beach was beautiful in itself, I didn't think it was anything special, till I walked on further and saw this amazing rock formation!!

    If you are driving around the North Coast, its definately worth a visit, it doesn't take long :)

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    Hawaii 101 - Great Beaches & Surfing!

    by H-TownJourneyman Written Feb 20, 2006

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    Map of the North Shore

    The North Shore of O'ahu, famous for it's legendary 30+ ft. waves, is a popular destination among surfers & tourists alike. The waves here during the winter months set a grand stage for some of the biggest surfing competitions in the world. But during the summer months, when the waves are far from awe-inspiring, the beaches here are excellent places to soak up the sun and take a dip in the ocean. Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach, among others, offer wide open space with clean, fine sand and crystal blue water. There are also a slew of stores and stands around to purchase some souvenirs, clothing, and the best flavored shaved ice in the islands. The Koolau Mountains begin their trek here down the eastern side of the island, providing some breathtaking views and magnificent waterfalls. Regardless of what month of the year it is, the North Shore is definately a great place to visit during your trip to O'ahu!

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  • Matsumoto's and "shave ice"

    by RblWthACoz Updated Jan 9, 2006

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    In Hawai'i, "shave ice" is what people call what mainlanders refer to as "snow cones". People looooove shave ice and since it is a tropical climate, you can enjoy it year round. Matsumoto's is the most famous shave ice joint around. Locals and tourists alike flock there to grab a shave ice with their favorite syrup on top (go for the li hing mui!!). Be forewarned though. The lines are LONG in the middle of the day.

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