Hale'iwa (see more photos) is located on the North Shore of Oahu, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Honolulu. The little town was built by Rev. and Mrs. John Emerson in 1832. In 1898, businessman Benjamin Dillingham opened a hotel here and named it Haleiwa (meaning "home of the frigate birds" in the Hawaiian language). With the building of the hotel and the Oahu Railroad, the town began to grow and flourish.
Today, Hale'iwa is the largest town and commercial center on the North Shore of Oahu with a population of 3,970 (2010 Census). It features an old plantation town atmosphere and is a popular destination among tourists. Here you can find unconventional and unique shops, art galleries and surf stores, such as the Strong Current shop where you can buy surfboards designed by North Shore surf legends Mike Diffenderfer and Dick Brewer.
If you like ice cream, you have to try the famous Hawaiian shave ice. The two local stores Matsumoto's and Aoki's sell this delicious treat, and often times there are many people standing in line – that's how good it is. There is a small boat harbor in Hale'iwa, as well as three beach parks: Haleiwa Beach Park, Haleiwa Alii Beach Park and Kaiaka Bay Beach Park.
Largest town and commercial center on the North Shore of Oahu
Old plantation town atmosphere with unique shops, art galleries and restaurants
Directions: Take H1 west bound to H2 north. Get off at exit 5 (Wahiawa). Drive through Wahiawa and continue straight on Kamehameha Highway. When you see a sign for Hale'iwa turn left
Now 74°F Windchill: 73°F
Location: Haleiwa, HI
Wind: 14 mph E
Visibility: 0.16 mi
Pressure: 1009.0 in steady
Sunrise: 6:54 am
Sunset: 6:34 pm
Hi: 73°F Low: 71°F
Hi: 73°F Low: 71°F
Reviews and Comments:
We love Hale'iwa! We go back every year. The
surfing in February is legendary. Food is great! And
the people are awesome! Best vacations I ever had were
S.Babineau, Sun Jan 17, 2016
Google the beach, and you will see it is far away
from hotels and hueoss at the end of the road. There
were a few people in the distance so I wasn't
completely alone. Also, the POLAR BEAR from the 1st
season of LOST ate the ones that got in my way. Also,
their is a cool website that shows stills from the
beach and stills from the tv show.
Augustine, Sat Sep 22, 2012
Vacationed here with family in May....absolutely loved
Haleiwa....will be back! Loved the North Shore! Loved
Hawaii!! Hawaii truly is "Paradise"!