Beautiful Haleiwa, on Oahu's North Shore, represents the best of Hawaii for many. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit this world-class beach town at least once.
1. Ehukai Beach Park
Home to the North Shore's most famous surf break Pipeline, Ehukai Beach Park is a broad section of the continuous miles long stretch of beach that is the main draw of the area. Consisting of Pupukea Beach on the eastern end of the beach park, Gums in the middle, and Pipeline on the western end, Ehukai Beach Park has all the makings of a perfect beach. Restrooms, a grassy lawn, picnic tables and showers provide everything a person could need for a full day surfing, swimming, sunning and watching world class surfers.
Sunset Beach — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
2. Sunset Beach
Crescent shaped with fine white sand and epic surf, Sunset Beach is one of the main draws to Haleiwa and the North Shore. In full view from the parking area and road, it's easily accessible and offers expansive views of about ten different surf breaks. With calm waters for swimming in the summer and some of the most gnarly surf in the winter, Sunset is a wonderful beach all year long.
3. Shave Ice
A classic Hawaiian treat, Matsumoto Shave Ice is the perfect refresher on a hot day. Actually made from shaved ice, the chilled treat comes in a wide variety of flavors. From traditional tastes like vanilla and strawberry to Hawaiian fruits such as lychee and mango, a shaved ice from Matsumoto is a can't miss while beaching it in Haleiwa.
Sunset, at Sunset — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
4. Waimea Bay
Known for it semi-protected crescent shaped beach and bay, Waimea Bay is perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in the Haleiwa area. During the summer the bay is generally calm and perfect for swimming with dolphins jumping each morning. During the winter Waimea takes on another personality and 20 to 40-foot waves pump through the way, with only the world's best surfers.
5. Bike Path
Beach cruisers are the classic image of beach towns, and in Haleiwa, you'll find an amazing winding paved bike path. Weaving under trees and around beaches, the bike path can be enjoyed with bikes rented right in Haleiwa.
6. Chun's Reef
Perfect for beginners surfers, Chun's Reef in another gem in the middle of, well, all of these other gems. Somehow the sand here is even finer than the rest, and just along the beach is generally calm enough for swimming as well as for the many surf schools that use Chun's as their class room. If you want surf lessons, this is the spot.
Chun's Reef — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
Surf, surf and more surf: that just about sums up Haleiwa and the North Shore. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you can't go wrong here. From knee high calm waves to 40-foot "bombs," surfing in all of its glory can be found all along the seven mile miracle. This is the world's surfing mecca.
8. Guava Shop
For the perfect beach wear and bathing suit, the locals stop into Guava Shop. Owned by two women who grew up in Haleiwa, Guava offers classy but casual dresses, shorts and other beach wear as well as the newest and hippest teeny-weeny bikinis.
9. Dive with Sharks . . . if you Dare
For a complete ocean experience, you can even find face time with sharks right outside of Haleiwa. With North Shore Shark Adventures, you can cage dive with various types of sharks - if you can brave it.
10. Surfer, the Bar
Encompassing everything ocean and surf related, Surfer, the Bar is the only place for true nightlife in the Haleiwa area. With a complete surf themed decor, and events such as pro-surfer interviews, surf movies, and live music, this is the place to go mingle with the local surfers and get a feel for the culture.