Located on the North Shore of Oahu, about an hour’s drive away from Waikiki, lies an old settlement devoted to sugar plantation dating back to the 1900s. In 1898, Benjamin Dillingham, a businessman built the first and finest hotel in Oahu and named it Haleiwa. The word is pronounced as hah-lay-EE-wah, meaning house of the frigate bird. Soon after, new businesses were established and boosted the tourism in the area. Since then, the town took the name. Today, North Shore is known as the surfing capital of the world. Haleiwa has become a home to various restaurants, bars, cafes, magnificent beaches and nature parks. Despite the year-round influx of tourists, the town has remained laid-back and has kept its historical buildings. The various aging colorful shops along Kamehameha Highway show the very image of Haleiwa living.
Aside from being known as a surfing town, the town is famous for its galleries. It has groomed young, local, and aspiring artists for nearly 20 years. One of the most popular and awaited Haleiwa events is the annual “Haleiwa Arts Festival” to be held at Hale’iwa Beach Park. It is usually held on the third weekend of July. It is indeed a great way to showcase local art and culture. The festival features original and limited edition works of several visual artists both in the traditional and contemporary category, using varied media such as oil, ceramic, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, fabric, jewelry and glass. In addition, several galleries in North Shore feature special Haleiwa events and attractions during the Celebrate-the-arts-in-Haleiwa-weekend. Also included in the art fest are performance arts, where tourists can get a glimpse of Haleiwa living through the original music and dances that will be performed before a live audience. There will be cultural tours and hands-on art demonstrations.
You won’t go hungry this weekend since there’s going to be a whole selection of Haleiwa food and drinks that will be available onsite or you can go to one of the many eateries along Kamehameha Highway that offer scrumptious local cuisine served in the local style or fine dining. You can expect your weekend to be filled with exciting activities and no boring moments.