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HaleiwaUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Haleiwa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
1.5 out of 5
59-788 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI

Situated in Haleiwa, this beach hostel is steps from Three Tables Beach and Waimea Bay. Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

3.4/5 (105 reviews)

"The property was clean and acceptable for the price. Is very tired and needs so freshening up. great spot"…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
Rocky Point Beachfront/Paradise
Rocky Point Beachfront/Paradise
2.5 out of 5
59-181 Ke Nui Rd, Haleiwa, HI
The price is ¥16,470 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Offering direct access to the beach, this Haleiwa apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline. Pupukea Beach Park is 1.7 ...

3.3/5 (83 reviews)

"It was nice but there was definitely some touch ups they needed to do."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Rocky Point Beachfront/Paradise

Vacation Rentals in Haleiwa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rocky Point Beachfront/Paradise
Rocky Point Beachfront/Paradise
2.5 out of 5
59-181 Ke Nui Rd, Haleiwa, HI
The price is ¥16,470 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Offering direct access to the beach, this Haleiwa apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline. Pupukea Beach Park is 1.7 ...

3.3/5 (83 reviews)

"It was nice but there was definitely some touch ups they needed to do."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Rocky Point Beachfront/Paradise

Popular places to visit in Haleiwa

Banzai Pipeline
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Banzai Pipeline

4.5/5(209 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Banzai Pipeline, a popular beach in Pupukea. Stroll along the area's seaside or simply enjoy its seafood restaurants.

Waimea Bay
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Waimea Bay

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Enjoy the roar of crashing waves, soft sands stretching alongside the blue ocean and lush tropical Hawaiian interior, all in one location.

Sunset Beach
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Sunset Beach

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Go to this beach early to watch some of the wildest surfing on O’ahu and stay late for some of the island’s most beautiful sunsets.

Laniakea Beach
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Laniakea Beach

5/5(9 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Laniakea Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Waialee. Amble around this romantic area's seaside, or seek out the surfing spots.

Waimea Valley
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Waimea Valley

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Waimea Valley during your travels in Waialee. Wander the beautiful beaches in this romantic area.

Pupukea Beach Park
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Pupukea Beach Park

4.5/5(15 reviews)

One of the best snorkeling spots in O’ahu is a cove nestled between famous North Shore surfing beaches.

Top things to do in Haleiwa

Turtle Eco Adventure Tour
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Turtle Eco Adventure Tour

¥13,782
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure
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Swim with Sharks North Shore Adventure

¥11,187
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
TOA LUAU at Waimea Valley on Oahu's Northshore
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TOA LUAU at Waimea Valley on Oahu's Northshore

¥10,570
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Haleiwa Stand Up Paddle Board Nature and Turtle Tour
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Haleiwa Stand Up Paddle Board Nature and Turtle Tour

¥16,783
Per adult
North Shore Ocean Safaris: Sunrise, Mid Day, and Sunset
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North Shore Ocean Safaris: Sunrise, Mid Day, and Sunset

¥13,354
Per adult
Shark Cage Diving In Oahu
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Shark Cage Diving In Oahu

¥12,992
Per adult

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