Haleiwa, HI

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The gateway to the seemingly endless stretch of beaches and waves of the North Shore is the cultural hub of O’ahu’s surf scene.

Hale’iwa got its start as a tourist spot with the building of the Hale’iwa Hotel in 1898. The hotel is gone, but many of the small town’s buildings have the same look they’ve had for over 100 years of laid-back living. Unlike Waikiki with its high-rises, you’ll find that Hale’iwa has small shops ready to serve the practical needs of surfers and surf-watchers.

Start with a visit to the North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum, also known as Hale’iwa Surf Museum. See surfing photographs and memorabilia, boards from the 1930s and old posters advertising surfing competitions. Watch a video and chat with the curator to find out what’s happening in and around town. Nearby, find gear for snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding or kayaking in one of Hale’iwa’s several surf shops.

Picnic at Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach and watch the makai (ocean-facing) side of the park to see youngsters learning to surf. Then look over your shoulder at the Kalili Surf Center; if you were a Baywatch Hawaii fan, you might recognize the headquarters for the brave and beautiful lifeguards. In July, enjoy the ArtFest with visual and performance art and numerous kids’ activities.

Walk along the shore and look for giant sea turtles. They often nest here and return to the same spot year after year. Remember that they are protected in Hawaii; it is against the law to ride, feed, or even touch a sea turtle. You can still enjoy watching them.

For an old-fashioned experience, rent a paddleboard or outrigger canoe similar to those used in Hawaii for more than 2,000 years. Paddle up the Anahulu River, going under the Rainbow Bridge. Soon you’ll be in lush tropical jungle.

While you’re in Hale’iwa, be sure to sample a North Shore favorite: shave ice. This dessert has a shaved ice texture that absorbs flavor; a variety of local syrup choices including lychee, lilikoi or guava; and ice cream or bean paste at the bottom of a cone, with sweetened condensed milk on top. It’s not a typical snow cone.

Hale’iwa is about an hour’s drive north of Honolulu. Some would say it’s right next to Paradise.

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
Haleiwa, HI
The price is ¥20,558 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
Situated near the beach, this cottage is steps from Rock Point, Banzai Pipeline, and Sunset Beach. Waimea Bay is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.
4.6/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great stay on the North Shore
"This is a great property on the North Shore. GREAT LOCATION! There was a great breeze through the apartment. It is really close to the highway but was not bothered by the sounds of the road as it quiets down during the night."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Bright, Clean, Airy Rocky Point Beach 1 Bedroom Loft. Steps to Beach & Bike Path
North Shore Jungle Retreat
North Shore Jungle Retreat
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! (20 reviews)
Soothing escape
"Here is what to do to enjoy your stay: 1. Fall asleep to the silence. 2. Wake up to birdsong. 3. Sweep the floor with a broom while your coffee is brewing. 4. Put fresh water in the footbath for the cat and the boldest of the chickens. 5. Feed the chickens last night’s leftovers. 6. Go to the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

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North Shore Jungle Retreat
THE Miracle House! Beachfront on Pipeline!
THE Miracle House! Beachfront on Pipeline!
Haleiwa, HI
Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is steps from Ehukai Beach and Banzai Pipeline. Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).
4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
Gorgeous and very accommodating!
"Nice place! Amazing views and beautiful home. We inadvertently ran out of gas and they were accommodating for us even then. 10/10!"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

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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.
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
Haleiwa, HI
The price is ¥20,558 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
Situated near the beach, this cottage is steps from Rock Point, Banzai Pipeline, and Sunset Beach. Waimea Bay is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.
4.6/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great stay on the North Shore
"This is a great property on the North Shore. GREAT LOCATION! There was a great breeze through the apartment. It is really close to the highway but was not bothered by the sounds of the road as it quiets down during the night."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Bright, Clean, Airy Rocky Point Beach 1 Bedroom Loft. Steps to Beach & Bike Path
North Shore Jungle Retreat
North Shore Jungle Retreat
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! (20 reviews)
Soothing escape
"Here is what to do to enjoy your stay: 1. Fall asleep to the silence. 2. Wake up to birdsong. 3. Sweep the floor with a broom while your coffee is brewing. 4. Put fresh water in the footbath for the cat and the boldest of the chickens. 5. Feed the chickens last night’s leftovers. 6. Go to the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

North Shore Jungle Retreat
THE Miracle House! Beachfront on Pipeline!
THE Miracle House! Beachfront on Pipeline!
Haleiwa, HI
Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is steps from Ehukai Beach and Banzai Pipeline. Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).
4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
Gorgeous and very accommodating!
"Nice place! Amazing views and beautiful home. We inadvertently ran out of gas and they were accommodating for us even then. 10/10!"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 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.

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