North Shore Oahu Behind the scenes in Haleiwa

Located at Oahu’s North Shore is the rustic but charming town of Haleiwa. More than a hundred years ago, a businessman named Benjamin J. Dillingham built a grand Victorian hotel named Haleiwa, which means house of the Iwa – the frigate bird. Years after, the town took the name Haleiwa. The hotel is long gone but the plantation continues to welcome tourists who want to enjoy its pleasant sandy beach, have an extraordinary surfing experience, or get on a relaxing trail ride.

Though Haleiwa does not have the energy and excitement of big cities, this laid-back town still has a lot to offer. Along Kamehameha Highway, you can see brightly colored shops and boutiques, where you can find surfing gears and the perfect gifts for everyone back home. On the same road, check out the restaurants or eateries that offer just the best sumptuous and mouth-watering local cuisine. You can also have a go at sushi on your stay here or grab a fresh fish taco.

The town has been designated as “Historic, Cultural and Scenic District” in 1984, and rightly so, you can find art galleries, plantation-era buildings, and aging storefronts. Their museum showcases antique surfing boards and mementos and a vast collection of photographs and video clips that feature the history of surfing.

If you’re not into surfing, you can spend a relaxing day on the beach having a picnic or simply sit on a blanket on the beach and watch the sunset. Baywatch Hawaii was filmed here! Local shops rent out kayaks and you can explore the surrounding waters and coves. If you want to see more of this scenic town, you can go hiking, bike-riding or horseback riding around Pupukea or Kaena Point.

You can’t visit Haleiwa without stopping at Matsumoto Shave Ice. Have a taste of shave ice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sweetened azuki beans topped with unique homemade syrup and served in colored snow-cones. It’s the perfect treat after spending a few hours on the beach. Your visit will not be complete without trying one; it’s definitely going to make your trip more memorable and sweeter.

Behind the scenes in Haleiwa

Located at Oahu’s North Shore, is the rustic but charming Haleiwa. More than a hundred years ago, a businessman named Benjamin J. Dillingham built a grand Victorian hotel named Haleiwa, which when translated means house of the Iwa – the frigate bird. Years after, the town took the name Haleiwa. The hotel is long gone but the plantation continues to welcome tourists who want to enjoy its pleasant sandy beach, have an extraordinary surfing experience, or get on a relaxing trail ride.

Though Haleiwa does not have the energy and excitement of big cities, this laid-back town still has a lot to offer. Along Kamehameha Highway, you can see brightly colored shops and boutiques, where you can find surfing gears and the perfect gifts for everyone back home. On the same road, check out the restaurants or eateries that offer just the best sumptuous and mouth-watering local cuisine. You can also have a go at sushi on your stay here or grab a fresh fish taco.

The town has been designated as “Historic, Cultural and Scenic District” in 1984, and rightly so, you can find art galleries, plantation-era buildings, and aging storefronts. Their museum showcases antique surfing boards and mementos and a vast collection of photographs and video clips that feature the history of surfing.

If you’re not into surfing, you can spend a relaxing day on the beach having a picnic or simply sit on a blanket on the beach and watch the sunset. Baywatch Hawaii was filmed here! Local shops rent out kayaks and you can explore the surrounding waters and coves. If you want to see more of this scenic town, you can go hiking, bike-riding or horseback riding around Pupukea or Kaena Point.

You can’t visit Haleiwa without stopping at Matsumoto Shave Ice. Have a taste of shave ice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sweetened azuki beans topped with a unique homemade syrup and served in colored snow-cones. It’s the perfect treat after spending a few hours on the beach. You’re visit will not be complete without trying one, it’s definitely going to make your trip more memorable and sweeter.

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