World-Class Surfing and Easy Going Atmosphere in North Shore, Oahu
There is no other place quite like Haleiwa, located in North Shore Oahu. The quaint surfer town boasts numerous world-class surf beaches, and cute artistic boutiques that draws people from all over the world. A trip to Haleiwa wouldn’t be complete without a shave ice from Matsumoto’s, where fans line up to purchase the tasty treat. Haleiwa is more than a laid back surfer destination, it holds a rich history in the sugarcane plantation era preserved in the look and feel of its colorful little shops downtown.
Like many towns in Hawaii, Haleiwa was originally a town dominated by sugarcane. The Waialua Sugar Company and Dole Pineapple held influence in Haleiwa, and many of the buildings of the era still stand. Nowhere else on Oahu will you find shops from early 1900s lining the streets. Haleiwa has 34 historic buildings noted for the preservation of the plantation era architecture. Today, these notable structures are home to galleries, surf shops, eateries, and more.
Each week the Haleiwa farmers market is a fun community event showcasing locally grown and created products. Several grocery stores and health food stores also serve the Haleiwa area. The Haleiwa boat harbor is a waterman hub of the north shore, offering fishing charters, whale watching and snorkeling trips, as well as a daring shark cage diving tour. Soak up the north shore sun on stand up paddleboards or kayaks for a day of family fun.
The sandy shoreline is a favorite sunning location for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle and Hawaiian Monk Seal. The beautiful Laniakea Beach is commonly called Turtle Beach due to the frequency of these massive creatures. Kamehameha Highway hugs the coastline making for a spectacular scenic drive.
Haleiwa is one hour north of Waikiki, an easy drive through beautiful Oahu countryside. Stop at the Dole Plantation for some pineapple ice cream, or the shrimp trucks in Kahuku along the way. Locals and tourists alike love to escape to Haleiwa for the laid back surfer atmosphere of Haleiwa.