The quaint town of Waialua on Oahu's North Shore is home to one of the newest businesses on the island: the North Shore Hookah Lounge. Bringing the more Eastern social tradition of puffing on fruit flavored tobacco to Hawaii residents and visitors, the lounge offers a new and unique option for nightlife in Kauai. Open Friday and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight, it should be noted that the lounge does not serve or allow alcohol, or cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.
Originating in India and having spread across the Middle East as a social tradition of relaxing and spending time with friends and business partners, the hookah continues to attract more and more people in the western world. For a place like the North Shore where nightlife is limited, the hookah lounge is quite a change for those looking for something to do after dark.
North Shore Hookah Lounge — Photo courtesy of NS hookah lounge
In a time when the amount of cigarettes are increasingly on the decline, the hookah is for the occasional, or just one-time user. It's far from habit forming and the health risks are minimal.
Just a half hour drive from Honolulu, the location in Waialua (an old sugar plantation town near historic Haleiwa Town) is ideal for anyone coming from the city or the North Shore. Perfect for a unique date night, or a place to hang out with a group of friends, the lounge offers a cross cultural experience and nighttime entertainment.