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Haleiwa

Travel Guide
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Surf shacks and a pristine beach make up this North Shore town that is at the centre of O’ahu’s surfing scene.

The northern settlement of Hale’iwa is much less developed than some of its southern counterparts on O’ahu. The small town’s first building was the Hale’iwa Hotel that went up in 1898. The hotel has since been knocked down but the area has retained its small-town charm and laid-back atmosphere. There are no high-rises here, just surf shacks, board shops and beautiful beaches.

Visit the low-key North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum to browse photographs and memorabilia all dedicated to surfing. There are 1930s boards, old advertisements and souvenirs from surfing competitions. Volunteer staff are friendly and helpful and will gladly share insight into what’s going on around town.

You don’t have to go far to find shops with snorkels, surf and boogie boards and kayaks for hire or sale. Take your pick of equipment and head to the beach. If you want to explore inland, hire a paddleboard or canoe and go up the Anahulu River into tropical jungle.

Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach is family friendly, with a large park facing the water. It’s a popular spot for children and young people learning how to surf. Look for the Kalili Surf Center, the set of the television show Baywatch Hawaii and home to lifeguards. Come in July for the annual ArtFest, when there are visual and performing art displays and activities for kids.

Giant see turtles nest along the beach and are easy to spot year-round. Photograph and admire these beautiful creatures but don’t get too close; it is illegal to feed or touch sea turtles in Hawai’i.

Be sure to try shave ice, a popular local cuisine. The refreshing dessert is made from syrups poured over shaved ice or ice cream and bean paste covered in sweetened condensed milk. Ask for tropical flavours such as lychee, guava and lilikoi.

Get to Hale’iwa by car from Honolulu. The 1-hour trip is a scenic drive. Once here you can get around town on foot. Use a car to explore more of the beautiful North Shore.

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 cottage is steps away from Rock Point, Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach. Waimea Bay is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.
4.6/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)
Stayed for a wedding nearby
"Easy check in and communication. Really flexible and accommodating host. We wished there was AC as it got pretty hot, but at least there was a bunch of fans. A great location for north shore."

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 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 mi (2 km) of Waimea Valley and Waimea Bay. Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach are also within 3 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Very nice cozy place. Great location. Owners were great, I would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

North Shore Jungle Retreat
THE Miracle House! Beachfront on Pipeline!
THE Miracle House! Beachfront on Pipeline!
59-329 Ke Nui Rd, D, Haleiwa, HI
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is steps away from Ehukai Beach and Banzai Pipeline. Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay are also within 3 miles (5 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Location 🤙🏽
"We loved our stay at the miracle house, very cute touches throughout, and you can’t beat the location. We have actually already booked it again for the future. Just needs a little love, some maintenance and repairs for safety reasons. The deck is rotting, and lifting in a few places. One bathroom ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

THE Miracle House! Beachfront on Pipeline!
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.
North Shore Jungle Retreat
North Shore Jungle Retreat
59-381 Pupukea Rd, Haleiwa, HI
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Waimea Valley and Waimea Bay. Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach are also within 3 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Very nice cozy place. Great location. Owners were great, I would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

North Shore Jungle Retreat
Insane Hawaii Country Retreat!!!
Insane Hawaii Country Retreat!!!
59390 Wilinau Rd, Haleiwa, HI
Situated in Haleiwa, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Waimea Valley, Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline. Three Tables Beach and Sharks Cove are also ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Gorgeous home and owner went above n beyond
"This is such a lovely home with so much room for family. The kitchen was huge, three baths all beautiful and patio fit all of us for a barbeque. We had toys, umbrellas, chairs anytime we needed. The owner was funny and welcoming and then gave us total privacy. But the amazing part was renting a car ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2021

Insane Hawaii Country Retreat!!!
Waimea Point Oceanfront House -
Waimea Point Oceanfront House -
59785 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI
This family-friendly Haleiwa holiday home is located on the waterfront, just steps away from Three Tables Beach and Waimea Bay. Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (76 reviews)
Location!!
"This was not our first trip to the north shore so we are a bit picky with where we stay. The location can’t be beat. Walk to sharks cove, the beach and the grocery store. Close to Teds. A bit dated inside but beautiful views and very comfortable with all the amenities you need. I would definitely ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Waimea Point Oceanfront House -
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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