Haleiwa Travel Guide

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Haleiwa on the North Shore

Haleiwa on the North Shore


Getting to Haleiwa

If you have your own car or rental car, the easiest way to arrive to Haleiwa is to take the H1 highway West. When arriving to the exit 8A, merge into the H2 highway towards the North in direction of Wahiawa/Mililani. Then take exit 8 to Wahiawa and follow the HI-99 highway for 12 miles following the signs to Haleiwa.

If you don't have your own car or plan not to rent a car, we highly suggest to book the Surf Bus from North Shore Activities because not only will you have secure transportation (meaning you can take a nap on the way there and back) but you will also have guided tours for the Pipeline beaches, Sunset Beach and Haleiwa town. Don't worry you will also have plenty of time to sight visit on your own.

What to Do and Eat

In the heart of Haleiwa there is a en excellent market place for fashionistas and foodies. Here you can find Cholo's, a great Mexican food place, as well as the Surf Museum, which will welcome you or ask you to come back another time with a "Gone Surfing" sign on its door. The North Shore Marketplace is located on 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy # D203 and you can call (808) 637-4416 for more information.

After your visit to the North Shore Marketplace, make sure to stop at Matsumoto's for shave ice (also known as snow cone). A local favorite is The Rainbow, an eclectic mix of vanilla ice cream and adzuki beans. Matsumoto Shave Ice is at 66 Kamehameha Highway and is very easy to spot because of the line that goes all the way out to the street.

The perfect spot for lunch is Haleiwa Joe's, which overlooks the boat harbor. Here you can find a menu that will please big appetites (a whole moi fish) and small appetites (crab and avocado salad). 66-011 Kamehameha Hwy is where to find Haleiwa Joe's.

Nearby Haleiwa, you will find Laniakea Beach, where you will be able to swim with Hawaiian green sea turtles called honu. Make sure not to touch them because it is a federal offense to do so. These giant turtles feed on nearby coral reefs and don't mind the curious humans that come here to view them and take photographs.

Beyond Haleiwa

Once you are done with sight seeing at Haleiwa, you will be very close to the North Kamehameha Highway. Between Haleiwa and Turtle Bay there are several beach parks that you can stop by to enjoy gentle surf or sun bathe.  This is a list of suggested beach parks:Waimea Beach Park, Pupukea Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park.
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